How to Promote Yourself on the Job

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Waiting for a Slap on the Back

The person who is waiting for the slap on the back and a "job well done" from the boss is wasting valuable time. Sometimes — more often than not — a worker's value is not appreciated until they are gone. (Why did we get rid of Chris, again?)

If for some reason you feel that what you do is not of real value (often heard from people who do not sell stuff; who work in support roles), understand that if your employer agreed with you, you would not have a job. It's that simple.

The solution to this dilemma is to keep a journal of your accomplishments — no matter how small or how large — while on the job. Note them in your calendar or in a spreadsheet. Just keep a list. At the very least, come performance review time, you'll be prepared.

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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