10 Steps Towards Promotion
by Dennis B. Cox
Have you ever wondered how to make it to that next step in the promotion ladder? How are some deserving of promotion while other seemingly qualified candidates are neglected? Following you’ll find several suggestions in getting that next promotion. This article is not intended to be a checklist—rather it is a guide that you may find helpful in your quest for promotion.
1. Invest In Your Annual Performance Appraisals
Your annual performance appraisals describe and quantify your degree of promotion potential. Only one person is responsible for building a winning appraisal—YOU! Take responsibility. Determine what your boss or organization is looking for and establish your road map toward that next promotion.
If you want a promotion, building a solid annual performance appraisal should be of paramount interest to you. It plays a major part in consideration. In today’s environment, senior leaders look very closely at annual performance appraisals when reviewing job vacancies. A lackluster appraisal can literally shut the door on that desired promotion. And remember—you should focus on developing a well-balanced appraisal. Think of it as a resume. Demonstrate your leadership, management, technical, and problem-solving abilities.
While there’s a limited amount of space to illustrate your potential, you may build your appraisal by using this approach: • How have I helped my Company? Just performing the job is not always enough to earn a promotion. This only helps to keep your current position. Demonstrate that you are a top player in what keeps your Company advancing forward. • What have I done for my company? Whether you are an in-house, ISO, or OEM biomed, there’s always an opportunity to improve your company—and your lot within the company. These possibilities may involve procedural improvements, mentoring sessions, and rapid solutions to sudden dilemmas. While your suggestions may not be accepted, your keen judgment shows your employer that you have the potential for advancement. • What have I done for my profession? Branch out of your comfort zone and demonstrate leadership within the biomed field. There are a number of ways to get involved. Joining a professional biomed society can strengthen your education and keep you on the forefront of new technologies. You can make presentations, write books and articles, develop a helpful website, and share your accomplishments and coach others to success. • What have I done for my community? Your professional contributions are most important, but some employers also look for people who give back to their community. Getting involved doesn’t mean spending an inordinate amount of time attempting to impress someone. This is the sincere return of services to a community that needs your help. Your generosity can be translated as thoughtfulness and passion that promotes a company’s winning customer service approach.
You should receive regular feedback on your performance. This entails your supervisor setting performance standards. Your appraisal is based on how well you meet those standards. If you are falling short, sit down and talk with your supervisor and find out how you can attain those goals established for you. If you’re not getting constructive feedback—ask for it—it’s your career.
2. Do More Than The Minimum Required
Many people have the attitude “I don’t get paid enough for that.” Some do only what is required and don’t make the effort to excel. Imagine if you went in for a nose job and the surgeon only performed the minimum. Or your tax preparer did as little as necessary and you found out that you were entitled to a larger IRS refund. We provide a service to our customers and service should come before self.
To qualify for a promotion, you have to do more now than what you are already being paid to do. Help out when your co-workers are struggling or...
References: 1. Five Ways Not To Get Promoted by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore. Available at: http://www.balancetime.com/articles/five_ways.htm. Accessed February 9, 2006.
2. Moving Up the Ladder; 10 Strategies for Getting Yourself Promoted by Randall S. Hansen, PhD. Available at: http://www.quintcareers.com/getting_promoted_strategies.html. Accessed February 9, 2006.
3. Rue, L. W. and Byars, L.L. Supervision. Boston: Irwin, Homewood, 1990.
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