Stop Spinning your Wheels & Get Promoted!

Have you ever seen someone get promoted, but you can’t seem to put your finger on why? Chances are they’re practicing a topic I talked about on a recent podcast show!

We all know in order to get promoted, you first have to be seen for your work! If your job isn’t conducive to group work, even more reason to put effort into getting your work seen. What I’ve seen successful across most industries comes down to one thing. Networking.

I know networking isn’t a new concept to you, but when you first think about it, what comes to mind?

External networking:

  • Industry events / Expos
  • Conferences
  • groups / Clubs

Here’s the kicker…

You should be networking internally, just as much as you are with strangers outside your organization!

Opportunities to network internally could be with your direct manager, other department managers, fellow co-workers, etc.

  • Proactively give status reports / updates / progress
  • Find ways to learn from others, shadow specific responsibilities or tasks
  • Seek out a mentor, and ask them for quarterly performance feedback
  • Get to know your coworkers (maybe even outside of work hours, whaat!)
  • Vocalize new ideas / solutions / creative ways you’re solving challenges

All of these are great ways to develop a strong personal brand within your company. The most important thing to keep in mind before putting time on someone’s calendar is to make sure it’s for a productive reason.

The topic at hand needs to be relevant.

Not just relevant to you, but relevant to whom you’re meeting with too! If the value in what you’re sharing isn’t obvious, make sure you spell it out.

If you don’t share the value, you risk wasting other people’s time, and no one likes feeling like their time is being wasted! I know you would never intend to do that…but if you’re ready to get noticed for your work, coming prepared to meetings with your coworkers is crucial.

If you’re worried about it, ask yourself two questions:

  • Who cares?
  • What’s in it for them?

If your answers to these questions have no connection to the other people involved, find a way to make sure the content you share does! I highly suggest researching what your fellow colleagues care about, before you start sending calendar invites to everyone on your floor. Takes some effort, but I promise it will be worth the work!

Whether you know it or not, every day you are further developing your personal brand. The people who get promoted have brands described as dynamic, innovative, and knowledgeable. The clearer you express the value you bring to others, the more likely others will start to notice it!

This article is in conjunction with the Career Coaching with Jessness podcast episode #38. Tune in for yourself via iTunes, Soundcloud, or Stitcher.

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