Promotion: Get Ahead or Off With Your Head?
The best part about wherever you are in life is having the
ability to go wherever you want. Regardless if you are happy with
the results you have achieved in life or desire change, it is
natural for you to want more. This is not a sign of greed, but
rather a very healthy part of your human existence. Improving your
professional position through promotions can be very rewarding.
Conversely, a promotion could also be a disappointment, resulting in
stress and even job loss.
As with any change in your life, if you are striving to
advance in your career, it is important to properly prepare
yourself. Changing job responsibilities can have a significant
impact on your career and your personal life. If you are expecting
a promotion or seeking career advancement, it is important to
prepare yourself for the personal “metamorphosis” that will occur.
Here are ten questions to ask “The Mirror”:
1) Mirror, mirror on the wall, do I deserve a promotion at
all? This is where you need more than your friends’ and family’s
feedback. It’s not that your support system isn’t being honest with
you; it’s no different than how you perceive yourself. It’s
filtered! Unfortunately, the full truth isn’t always revealed when
it is being viewed through a filter. As a professional, you will
want to seek feedback from your mentors.
mirror on the wall, do I really want a promotion at all? The
answer may seem obvious at this point, but there are a very high
number of individuals who want a promotion and quickly fail once
they get it. Why is this? There are many reasons, which are
discussed below. However, it’s possible you have not spent enough
time fully understanding the promotion, the change in
responsibilities and relationships that may come with your new role.
mirror on the wall, am I sending the right message at all? Are
you behaving as if you want and deserve a promotion? Many times an
individual will wait for an opening before expressing an interest in
a promotion. That may be too late. Just because you are familiar
with the company, the operations and the people does not
automatically make you the best candidate. They will look first to
those that continually express interest in growing within the
mirror on the wall, have I stopped trying because there never seems
to be opportunities in this company at all? Why? Because you
never get recognition? Or the person who is currently in the
position you want has been there since the computer was created?
Whatever the reason, you are correct! If you know you will never
get ahead with the company you are working for, what are you doing
to create the results you want? Your ability to be promoted must
start first from within. Expect it..
mirror on the wall, have I proven myself at all? Even if you
have finished the necessary education or training needed for the
promotion, don’t stop proving yourself. You want to always be
performing your very best. You might be missing out on additional
opportunities to increase your experience or knowledge.
mirror on the wall, do I seek opportunities to train at all? The
more you learn about your new position, the better prepared you will
be. Also keep in mind that a promotion can put you in a stressful
situation where you are learning a new job while training someone
for yours. How can you help prepare someone else for a promotion?
Look for opportunities to train others on your position. Train and
mirror on the wall, do I know how my responsibilities and
relationships will change at all? A promotion is likely to bring
more money, authority, responsibility, and accountability.
Carefully evaluate how your responsibilities will change. What do
you like about your job today? As your position changes, will it
change so much you won’t even be doing the things that you enjoy
today? Additionally have you considered how your relationships will
change? Will your supervisor be different? Will your co-workers
become your employees? Will all of your professional relationships
mirror on the wall, do I know what experience, education or
knowledge is needed to qualify for a promotion at all? The best
time to prepare for a promotion is now! While in your current
position, utilize your time well. Are there classes you can take to
enhance your skills? Are there individuals you can spend time with
to stay aligned with your goals? Do you have volunteer
opportunities that can contribute to your experience?
mirror on the wall, am I a problem solver at all? Experience has
shown that there tends to be two types of employees: Problem
Finders and Problem Solvers. Start now by demonstrating your
ability to be a problem solver! Although your boss may appreciate
your ability to identify issues within your organization, the real
value is also bringing your boss solutions.
mirror on the wall, am I prepared to sell myself at all? Don’t
be caught off guard. You never know when a promotion opportunity
may be presented. Physically and mentally prepare yourself by
planning for your interview. Do you know who will be interviewing
you? If you have the opportunity, seek out others who have
interviewed with this person and learn what you can about how to
Achieving balance in your life is the key to
happiness. Will a promotion help bring you more in balance, or
potentially create vertigo in your life? Any time you are out of
balance, it will eventually affect other areas of your life. People
spend most of their waking day on work-related activities. If you
are unhappy at work or stressed, this will impact your personal life
and your health. Maintaining health is more than exercising and
eating right. It’s maintaining a healthy environment.
The effects of an unhappy work environment can become
damaging to your overall life and impact your relationships. Do not
underestimate the amount of stress that can be experienced when
being promoted into a position for which you are not truly prepared,
mentally and physically.
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