There’s nothing more discouraging than a job that has no prospects of promotion or pay raises. The good news is very few positions are, in reality, “dead end” jobs. The bad news? If you want that promotion to an executive or managerial tier, you’ll have to roll your sleeves up and be prepared to put in the extra effort to obtain it. Here are four ways EPR has come up with to get noticed around the office or at your next job interview:
Stay Positive and Stay Focused:
Very few employers are going to promote an employee who is ill-prepared, seems depressed or is easily distracted from their duties. Likewise, coming into a job interview unprepared, sloppy or in a sour mood isn’t going to highlight you as “manager material”.
If you’re not charismatic by nature, seeking help from an executive career coach can give valuable insight and advice on how to achieve a level of positive focus that will get you noticed.
Make Sure Your Skills Fit the Bill:
If you can’t figure out a fax machine or keep your own work space organized, how are you going to handle the managerial duties of scheduling work hours, organizing piles of paperwork or keeping track of multiple clients coming to you with complaints or questions? Take the time to learn the ins-and-outs of what might be expected of you as a manager before you try for that promotion; biting off more than you can currently chew is never a good career move.
Beyond the practical skills needed in executive careers, academic education is also essential. Is your knowledge up-to-date or has it been more years than you care to remember since you took some refresher courses in business management? If you’re looking to move up the ladder, it pays to keep up with new business strategies, philosophies and trends. Keeping education current also shows you are willing to put in the effort to help the company succeed.
Communication, Communication, Communication!:
Everyone has worked in, or at least heard of, those nightmare jobs where no one communicates with each other, including the manager. As any executive career coach can tell you, communication in the work place is an absolute must for those looking to move into executive careers or manager positions.
You can start practicing better communication during a job interview or at your current position; make sure you know exactly what is expected of you and your co-workers as a team. If there’s a problem or a question, speak up! Convey your ideas, questions and problems in a clear, positive, and easy-to-understand manner. If you’re at a job interview, ask questions and show a genuine interest in the answers.
Learn to Accept Criticism Gracefully:
Have you ever had a boss that couldn’t take criticism? Having an irate manager that can’t accept criticism or questions makes employees feel more like they are under the thumb of an egotistical dictator than working for a boss who is trying to help the company (and its employees) succeed.
As a manager, you will be expected to hear and handle criticism of your decisions from time to time. Refusing to listen to co-workers, whether above or below you on the company ladder, is going to create unneeded strife. Remember, you don’t have to agree with advice or criticism, but it is important to listen and learn when to admit you made a mistake.