Scared of going for a promotion? Here are are a few tips to build your confidence to move up the career ladder.
Understand your skill base.
If you are looking for a job in a new or existing Company that will give you a promotion you will firstly need to understand the competences and behaviours expected at the next level. Talk to your boss about what they would expect to see you doing if you were promoted. This is a proactive measure which will show your commitment to learn new skills.
Fill in the gaps.
Once you know what the competences/behaviours are for the job, sit down and think about what evidence you have against each of them. Look at where you have gaps and show that you’re willing to learn. If you don’t have the experience ask to shadow someone, volunteer to go on company training programmes or seek out external training programmes that will boost your skills. You can also look to take on additional responsibilities in your current job to learn and embed new skills in preparation for the next step up– for example, if you don’t know much about financial management and know it might be seen as weak spot for you then ask to take on some budget responsibility and shadow someone in your Company. This on the job learning can be really effective and help raise your confidence.
Shout out loud about your achievements.
Think about what you’ve achieved for your Company, such as having saved the company money, increased sales by 25% or achievement of some amazing outcomes of a project you’ve worked on. Look at your objectives in your job description and think about what you’ve done to deliver on these. E-mail these achievements to your stakeholders at the appropriate times.
Raise your Profile.
Be the person that people go to for help in your field. Establish yourself as someone who takes responsibility and can be trusted to deliver. This means you’ll be thought of as ready to start operating at the next level. Mangers will only promote if they can’t trust someone to do the job without micro-managing. Make yourself competent enough to do the next level job so that you make it an easy choice you’re your next manager.
Build relationships and Network.
Seek out people at the next level and go for a coffee and a chat. People like working with people that they like and can get on with. Build a rapport, improve the relationships, increase your own confidence and be known by higher levels within the Company as the first person they think of if a new job comes up. BE the person of choice.
Get a mentor.
Having someone who’s successful at what you want to do and who can guide you on how to be noticed can be invaluable. If your Company is too small for you to have one or you can’t talk to anyone, do some networking and find one outside the company. It is an invaluable resource which can accelerate your career and help you through the blocks.