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These articles can help you jumpstart your career and make you stand out from the corporate crowd. You’ll learn valuable, proven strategies you can begin using today to get the promotion you deserve.

How to Get a Promotion

Imagine your boss, your boss’s boss, and other key executives in your company sitting around a table discussing YOU. They’re talking about your character, your leadership qualities, the projects you manage, the people you oversee, the results you achieve and your overall performance for the past year. This panel will be making a very important decision – do we promote you or not?

Perhaps your organization doesn’t have such a formal process, but this ritual happens in some fashion at virtually every company, large or small. In a nutshell here’s what happens: Each manager tries to sell their candidate as the most deserving person for the promotion. Other members of the group will want to know why that person deserves a promotion.

So having a manager who can do a persuasive job selling you will be key to how to get a promotion. Along with your manager, some of … Continue reading How to Get a Promotion

Are You Ready For a Promotion? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

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One of the keys to getting ahead is to create a positive perception of yourself in the eyes of your superiors, your peers and everyone else with whom you come into contact at work. This means making sure people know your strengths and skills so they view you as an important asset to the company. However, you can’t influence the way others see you if your own vision is skewed.

For example, a client once told me, “I’ve met people who think that because they can design a deck to their house, they’re capable of leading a design team to build a 15,000-square-foot addition to a shopping mall.”

Having confidence in yourself and your abilities is essential to getting ahead. It helps to establish trust, respect and confidence from others. But first, you must be realistic and honest with yourself.

Before you try to convince others of your … Continue reading Are You Ready For a Promotion? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

Two Questions The Most Successful Ask

Are you maximizing your own potential? Every ambitious employee would love to have the magic formula for getting ahead. Keep reading, because we’re about to give it to you.

A few years ago, British author John Lees asked a number of managers, consultants, training specialists and business owners this question: “What’s the most effective way to get ahead?” The answers boiled down to two things: know who you are and know what your employer wants.

Employees who have a clear understanding of their employer’s needs as well as knowing how they are perceived personally are most likely to get promoted. Gaining self-awareness doesn’t come naturally to most people. It work, discipline and asking yourself some tough questions.

These two ought to be at the top of your list:

Am I spending most (if not all) of my time on the things that matter most to my employer? Take a … Continue reading Two Questions The Most Successful Ask

The Importance of Updating Your Resume to Ask for a Promotion

Are you looking to get to the next level in your organization? Have you tried for a promotion before, but failed to get it? You might have excellent skills and many years of working experience on the table, but you just can’t seem to get that highly-coveted promotion. Here’s why updating your resume prior to asking for a promotion is absolutely critical.

Just because you’re working at the company where you want to get promoted does NOT mean you hand over a mediocre resume, especially if you’re really serious about the promotion. By following a few simple steps in updating your resume, you’ll gain that much-needed promotion you’ve had your eye on.

When you start updating your resume keep one thing in mind: You are writing your resume for your next job, not for the job you currently have.

To reiterate, you MUST position yourself for the job you’re … Continue reading The Importance of Updating Your Resume to Ask for a Promotion

Smashing through the Glass Ceiling: Three Career-Advancing Strategies for Women and Minorities

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According to a survey conducted by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in 2010, approximately 18% of corporate directors are women and 14.5% are minorities. To put this into perspective, the number of women and minorities on corporate boards is less than half what would be expected based on their proportion of the general population. The fact that there is a discrepancy is indisputable, but the reason for the shortfall is not so clear. Is it blatant discrimination, or is there something else at work here?