Do you feel like you're stuck in your current job? Are you ready to move up? It's tough to climb the corporate ladder, but if you want a job that excites you and pays well, you'll likely have to make the climb at some point. If you want to get a promotion, you'll need to be a patient team player while also being an ambitious self-promoter. It's a difficult balance to maintain but this course will set out the guidelines and preparation that you will need successfully continue along your career path.
Here is what we are going to cover:
Chapter 1 – Where am I on my career path?
Chapter 2 - Identify the position you want after the position you are applying for.
Chapter 3 - Do your best!
Chapter 4 - What training do you need?
Chapter 5 - Make sure people know you are doing a great job and that your intentions are known!
Chapter 6 - It's a Popularity Contest so get a mentor and groom a successor!
Chapter 7 - Get the timing right.
Chapter 8 – How to ask for a Promotion – Make a case for yourself and put it in writing.
Chapter 9 - What not to do …
Chapter 10 – The Presentation and the Follow up.
Chapter 11 - How to Respond when a Promotion Is Rejected
Chapter 12 - Seek employment elsewhere.
The course will take about 90 minutes to complete and put you on the fast track to success when applying for a your next promotion.
This is the introduction to “JobPrep- The Promotion” and it will give you a summation of the course and define the outcomes you will get from it.
Someone came up with the term ‘climbing the corporate ladder’ many years ago but for most of us it’s not relevant whatsoever. Why? 90% of people work for small to medium business so if there is a ladder, it’s a step ladder. Most people think the further up the ladder you go, the better off you will be, but remember, with rewards come responsibilities.
These days you can’t just wait for a promotion to fall in your lap. That happens sometimes, but most promotions, especially at large companies, require you to go through the application and interview process, and usually you’ll have to compete with candidates from outside the company. Apply for the right positions. Don’t just apply for any opportunity that pays a bit more than your current job. Look for opportunities that you are genuinely interested in and that you are qualified for. You don’t have to have all the skills listed in the job description, and you probably won’t, but you want to be able to make a good case that you’ll be able to get up to speed quickly.
Like anything in life if you want something you have to prove your worth. Here you are provided with a check list of 17 things you need to ensure you are doing to better your promotion prospects.
Seek out new skills. It’s not enough to be great at your job; you also have to develop marketable skills that prepare you for more responsibility.
Make sure people know you’re doing a great job. You don’t want to toot your own horn too much, but you can’t always expect your merits to speak for themselves. There are numerous ways that you can ensure that the right people are aware of your successes.
Be popular- In an ideal world, promotions would be based solely on merit. We don’t live in an ideal world, though, and office politics will often play a role in who gets promoted and who doesn’t.
Get a Mentor- building a strong relationship with a manager or someone higher up in your department can open a lot of doors for you.
Groom a Successor- Don’t get stuck by making yourself so indispensable in your current position that the company would fall apart if you were to leave that position.
Many people are afraid to ask for a promotion because they can’t seem to find the “perfect time” to do it. Well, there’s no perfect time to ask for a promotion, but there are definitely some moments that are better than others.
When you ask for a promotion, you should be prepared with specific details about your contributions to the company as well as with an explanation of what you’re asking for.
If you go into a meeting and just say, “I want a promotion,” it’s likely that your request won’t be taken seriously.
Run your own race and never reveal your weaknesses to work friends. It’s easy to get caught up in the popularity game so be sure to remember it’s just that ‘a game’. Business is not personal it’s just business.
As you would plan out the agenda of a client meeting before attending, or an assignment prior to starting, you should always have a clear outline of how you envisage the conversation to flow when planning to make your presentation for a promotion.
Have you ever applied for a promotion, but didn’t get it? It can be tough, but it is possible to get through the experience with your ego intact, as well as garnering respect from others for your calm and considered attitude.
If, for whatever reason, you seem to be at a dead end with your current employer, it’s time to look for better opportunities elsewhere.
This can be hard if you feel a loyalty to your employer, but you do need to do what is in the best interest of your career or you will become unhappy with your job.
Ken Fowler is a successful entrepreneurial leader with 25 years experience in Sales, 15 of which as one of Australia's senior Executive Recruitment Consultant.
He has started five Executive Recruitment Consultancies and has been an employer for over a decade. During this time he has read over 250,000 resumes and interviewed over 8,000 candidates.
Ken has personally employed and trained over 300 of his own sales staff proving that he puts his money where his mouth is and truly believes in what he does!
Ken was appointed as a Fellow to the Recruitment and Consultancies Society of Australia (RCSA) in 2011 for his contribution to the industry and he is also a Member of the Brisbane Chapter of EO - Entrepreneurs Organisation - which is a global non-profit organization whose stated mission is to "Engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow."
First and foremost, Ken is a Salesman - and a passionate one at that - who honestly believes that given the chance, he can sell anything. He has always been devoted to training himself and others in the areas of sales, recruitment, leadership and entrepreneurship.
Married for over 20 years to the love of his life, Julie, he has two adult daughters, lives in Brisbane, Australia, and when he isn't working, he is usually travelling on an adventure somewhere exciting!