How to Promote Yourself on the Job

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Tell Them What You Did — Correctly

So, you may ask, what is an accomplishment? An accomplishment is something that you state with a result. Without a result/a net value statement, your words are just wasted air.

Here is a simple accomplishment statement formula: I was responsible for _____(fill in the blank) that resulted in ______(fill in the blank).

For example, "I was responsible for writing for a slide presentation article that resulted in the sharing of actionable career and, ultimately, revenue-generating information for the IT Business Edge audience."

On the face of it, this may not seem like such a great accomplishment, until you begin to quantify the value of this effort. "It would be my hope that hundreds, if not thousands, of readers of this slideshow might embrace this concept and use it to advance their career."

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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