Hello SOTGC community,
In the first two posts for this Job Security saga we talked about:
Today, we are talking about how to request that your value be recognized so that you can continue to grow. This is something that many of us have a hard time with because it means shaking some trees, throwing down the gauntlet, and standing your ground when it comes to being recognized.
What most people don’t realize is that getting promoted is HARD WORK. I’m not talking about working hard at your job, I mean the actual task of lobbying your cause to GET that promotion. No one goes around handing out these advancements. I meet people on a regular basis that feel they have seen people move up the ladder, and it all just seems to have been “handed to them.” Wrong! What these people don’t realize is that getting a promotion and moving forward is a process that takes years, and it’s something that these individuals work on every day during that time, on top of their normal activities for their current position.
So what do you do to get to that point where you are in the process of interviewing and getting that much deserved promotion?
- You set up a meeting with your sponsor, your mentor, and other advisors in your company that want your success, and you set a timeline.
- You tell them what type of position you want to move to and why you would be best suited for that.
- You set a date that you believe is reasonable for when you should be moved to this position, and you articulate that if there isn’t substantial progress towards that move, then you will sadly have to look at other companies or other divisions in the company that will acknowledge and reward your value. This isn’t to be used as an ultimatum or a threat. Every company works with timelines and when projects and initiatives need to show a return on investment. That’s exactly what you’re doing with your company-requesting they see the return on investment in your personal value and that they reward it.
- You reach out to your mentor and your boss (if these are two different people) and ask them what other things you need to be working on to strengthen your professional development to prove you’re ready and deserve this position.
- You accept any and all constructive advice on what needs to be improved, and you show that you’re coachable by DOING and fixing these things.
- When that time frame starts coming close, you start interviewing in other areas of your company (if it’s large enough to) and you start getting your resume out there and opening dialogue with other companies that have positions open for what you’re looking for…and you ready yourself for the idea that you MAY have to leave your company in order to get what you want in your career.
This is a scary task. I will be honest and say it’s frightening to think about leaving the comfort of what you know and what you’re good at. However, if you’re doing all the right things, you have a great mentor and sponsor on your side, and you KNOW your value and have clearly articulated what that is and why your company should do what they can to keep your talent, then it has the potential to work out exactly as you hoped.