How to Promote Yourself on the Job

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Sourcing All the Good Stuff You Have Done

How do you source previous accomplishments? Simple. Review resumes, performance reports and your calendar. (Amazing what you will remember looking over your calendar!) Next: Ask family (your mom remembers everything you have ever told her about your job!), friends, co-workers, vendors and customers. Make note of every little thing you hear. Someone might say as little as "Remember when we…" and that may be enough for you to flesh out the details.

When 'flashing back,' do your best to identify the problem that you encountered and how you solved it. Lastly, identify and state the resulting value in such a manner that your employer will see the value in your effort. Be able to answer the who, what, where, when, why and how of the event in question.

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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