How to Promote Yourself on the Job

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Major Career Mistake #1

If the idea of turning 60 and not having achieved all you wanted to do bothers you, then read on. Gillis has discovered that most working people — entry level to senior management — neglect to consistently prove their value to their organization. Of course, every company, department, region, etc. has their 'golden child,' but if you are not this person, how do you compete?

You can start by understanding that just because you share air with your immediate supervisor, you should never assume that he or she knows exactly how you contribute to the company. This is major career mistake #1 and it does not take a seer on a mountaintop to figure this one out. Yes, you make the meetings and do what you do — and even do it well — but does your boss really know what that is? Do YOU recognize all that you do?

Over the years, Rick Gillis, author of PROMOTE! It's Who Knows What You Know that Makes a Career, has counseled job seekers and studied the phenomenon called employment. Seeking advanced knowledge, he scaled a great office building. (OK, he used the elevator!) At the peak, he met a wise, old, retired human resources professional who shared a sage piece of career wisdom with him. The HR professional said that, unknown to most mortals, before you turn 30, the corporation you work for has already determined if you are to be groomed for management or if your career will be, effectively, stalled. And more, these employees will never know that this has occurred because they will continue to receive attaboy's and an occasional raise but never again will they be significantly promoted.

Gillis says he has learned that the wise, old HR professional spoke the truth — as he understood it. What he did not know, and what Gillis has discovered doing battle with the demons of advancement, is that there is a universal solution to this dilemma and mere mortals can learn and become proficient at professional personal promotion on the job.

In this slideshow, Gillis shares his advice on how to overcome this obstacle by promoting yourself on the job.


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