the next step in your success
A job offer shouldn’t mean the end of your career planning and development. Once you settle into your new routine, it’s important to continue to proactively pursue new opportunities.
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If you are seeking a promotion, you'll need to remain a team player while also becoming an enthusiastic self-promoter. It’s sometimes a difficult balance to strike, but patient planning and a bit of enterprising spirit can get you there.
- Do the best job you possibly can in your current position. You won’t move up while neglecting your current duties. Make sure you are demonstrating an excellent attitude, punctuality, and a willingness to go that extra mile.
- Toot your own horn. You can't always expect your merits to speak for themselves. Keep in constant contact with your supervisor and peers and stand up for credit where credit is due.
- Make your desire known. Tell your supervisor about your career goals—if you are qualified and have demonstrated a willingness to learn, they might be more inclined to mention your name next time a position opens up.
Apply for open positions. Most large companies require you to go through a standardized application and interview process, and most likely you will be competing with external candidates.
When deciding what jobs to apply for, look for a position that genuinely fits your interests and skill set, not just any job that pays more that your current position. Once you have decided to apply, don’t become complacent; you will often need to “sell” yourself just as in any other job-seeking situation.
- Work your connections. It’s valuable to have a good relationship with someone higher up who can serve as your mentor and ally. It also might be your “in” to a new position. Additionally, becoming a mentor to a less experienced employee will show you take initiative and possess the potential to become a successful manager.
Thinking about going back to school? These days, you can pursue further education without leaving your full-time employment.
Specialized professional certifications or licenses can often be valuable when being considered for a promotion. Sometimes, you may just need to take some classes to improve your computer skills or brush up on new techniques in the field. A wide range of education programs is available, many of which allow you to go to class in the evenings or on weekends. There are also ample opportunities for accredited self-study and online learning.
If you have a desire to return to school, check with your employer to see if they offer any type of support or tuition reimbursement for this type of ongoing education.
Often, it doesn’t take a new job or going back to school to get ahead. You can seek out new skills and opportunities by taking initiative at your current position. Step up to the plate for temporary or difficult tasks that may be out of your comfort zone.
Consider donating your time to a worthy cause. Volunteering for a non-profit organization can help you develop new skills while also achieving personal fulfillment.
If there is something about your current job that you don’t like, it may be helpful to try to work out your job description with your supervisor before looking elsewhere. Visit the Learning Library to see how you can create your own dream job.