ACTIONS are a thousand times more powerful than words. If your strategy to "move up" is to go around the office asking leaders to give you a promotion that you believe you deserve, I can tell you right now: That approach won’t work.
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I have interviewed hundreds, if not thousands of people in my career. Towards the end of the interview, I gave people a chance to ask pressing questions and this is one that came up often: “How soon can I move up?”
I understand where people are coming from, of course. Becoming part of management is a goal for a lot of people. It shows career progress, it promises more influence and opportunities, better pay and who wouldn't want that!? Now, the truth is that in order to have a successful future, you must start building it now (and not when you get the position of your dreams).
Being constantly future focused is a natural habit for most of us. When it comes to your career though, maximizing your current opportunity and making the best out of it is an approach you can bet will bring you what you ultimately want for your advancement.
Be a leader today. Be the best influencer today. Don't wait until you get a better title.
To move up in your career and achieve the powerful reasons that drive you to get there, I’m going to share with you the approach that has worked for me and many others I have helped advance in their own careers:
1. Focus on your current job first: Not only on doing it well, but mastering it. Become an expert and constantly look for new ways to approach it and improve your performance.
2. Stay flexible, embrace changes, adapt quickly.
3. Dress appropriately. Nowadays, the “business casual” has become a truly relaxed dress code. My advice? Dress like if you were meeting someone important today. Take care of your appearance. It does matter for your branding.
4. Get to work on time and ready for your first meeting/call/client. Running late won’t allow you to be at your best self.
5. Smile at people, say good morning! Your goal should be that when others see you they must feel “Oh, this guy/lady really loves to be here!
6. Welcome feedback (I mean this!), learn from that feedback and apply it.
7. Offer to help others and share your best tips.
Please don’t take yourself too seriously. You, just like everyone else, are trying to learn and move forward. Missteps happen! You are going to make a difference in your life when you learn to stand up quickly and keep walking, stronger and wiser.
Mariana Jaeger is a Leadership Development and Performance Success expert and has successfully trained, mentored and coached hundreds of people in her career. To learn more about Mariana, click here