The Secrets to Getting Promoted and Staying Employed

In today’s fast paced work environment, job security is almost a thing of the past. Downsizing, re-engineering, layoffs, mergers—these trends are re-shaping modern day employment. How then does one survive in this chaotic atmosphere? Here are three tips that can make a difference in your career path and make you a more valuable commodity in the marketplace.

Look around your workplace for a responsibility you can do. It must be something that needs to be done not now being done by anyone. Ask permission to do it or, if possible, do it! This process is so simple; most never grasp the significance it offers. No matter where you work, there are important tasks, when done, will help propel the organization forward in a positive manner. Walk around your department with a pad and pen. Study processes in place and focus your thinking on the missing elements. Ask questions to clarify your thoughts. Then, examine the list and pick the item fitting your skills. Start small and work your way up. It’s important to let your supervisor or manager know what you are doing. Sell the value of your idea and the notion this is something extra you are willing to undertake. This attitude alone will separate you from the masses and make management look at you in a different light. Your challenge here is to find that item in the next week and take action to begin doing it.

Begin a self-improvement program. No matter how well educated you are, school is never out. Every day information changes impact your future. We are clearly in the information age and we must keep up. Today’s learning curve is steep and rapidly climbing. If you don’t strive to learn events moving your industry, your specific career in that industry, and what future trends will affect both, you are creating growth obstacles and increasing the possibility of becoming obsolete. Earl Nightingale maintains if one read one hour a day about their industry and career, within five years that individual could become a national expert in their field. Recent research concluded it takes about 10,000 hours to build an expertise or twenty hours per week for ten years. How much time are you committing to become an expert in your fiend> Additionally, read self-improvement information on such subjects as time-management, relationship building skills, leadership, strategic planning, communication (writing and speaking well), investment strategies, and whatever else interest you. These subjects make you well rounded and increase your value in the marketplace.

Plan your career. Most people get a job, find out what behavior doesn’t “rock the boat” and then proceed to conform to the norm! Conformity has its merits but daring to be different has greater rewards. Don’t be content to settle into a career mapped by someone else. Develop your own game plan. Learn new skills, increase your formal education, and ask questions. Seek to control your destiny rather than being controlled. Once you’ve mastered the skills of your entry-level position, look around for your next step. Determine what skills are needed to advance your career and set about acquiring them. If your current employer doesn’t offer you the options you seek, you must be ready to move on. That’s risky but often necessary for career advancements. By fully doing the activities advocated in the previous paragraph, you greatly lower the risk and greatly raise the possibilities of greater job opportunities coming your way.

Building a successful career should be a well-planned activity. Have you taken the necessary steps to keep yourself employed and advancing? If not, why not?



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