Position Yourself for that Promotion

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Becoming a top candidate for promotion doesn’t happen overnight. You have to build a track record of proven performance and demonstrate the skills required for the job. Consider the following strategies to propel yourself to the top of the list:

  • Gather information. Find out which factors the decision makers consider when judging an employee for promotion and see how you measure up.
  • Use your job to demonstrate skills. Make sure you can display the necessary capabilities in your current position. If not, work with your boss to develop a needed skill and make sure senior leaders notice.
  • Get feedback on your presence. Ability to project confidence is a key factor in promotion decisions. Seek candid feedback to understand how others perceive you.

Adapted from “Positioning Yourself for Career Advancement” by John Beeson.