How to Promote Yourself on the Job

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You Are Your Favorite Celebrity!

As Gillis climbed back down that great office building so long ago (OK, he took the elevator again!), he recalls thinking that there had to be a better way for workers (both younger and older than 30) to inform and impress their boss, and their boss' boss and even their boss's, boss's boss. After all, supervisors move on and you want to be the first person who comes to mind for whichever boss is in need. This happens as a result of informing your way to the top — by cultivating your persona throughout the organization. Remember: Do not ever assume your boss knows exactly what you do. Tell them.

Recognize that before any celebrity you admire today was celebrated, they were just like the rest of us: Nobody knew who the heck they were. You will get the promotion, the raise, the recognition you so richly deserve as a result of hard work as well as your continuous, appropriate personal promotion on the job. You got this.

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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