Especially when you are in an organization where you have a very specialized duty, don’t do your job SO well that your boss would rather keep you where you are at than promote you. Share your knowledge with others. Teach people how to do their job well and make sure your boss notices this.

“We have a lot of teachers who are so great at what they do that hiring them for an administrative position would be a loss to our district.” Kimberly also serves as school board clerk. “We love that these people are around to mentor our other teachers so that they CAN move forward in their career and we still get the benefits of their expertise. They help all our teachers grow.” Cantex Distribution

4. Understand how you contribute to your organization.

No matter where you are on the seniority list or pay scale, it is important to understand where you fit in your company’s future and why you are a valuable asset. First of all, you want to make sure that you could defend your job if you had to. If you can’t explain to your employer why they need you, they might see your job as expendable. Second, if you don’t know what specific value you bring to the bottom line, you are missing out on the opportunity to negotiate for something better. Third, if you choose to leave your current job and seek employment elsewhere, you need to make a powerful, competent, and profitable first impression with your new boss.

5. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

This statement goes way beyond clothes. You have an opportunity to “be” your promoted self in everything you do. When you give presentations, don’t just be Kate the secretary. “Be” the essence of Kate the team leader. Don’t handle complaints as Alyssa the barrista. “Be” Alyssa the manager. Don’t come to work with a vague idea of what you need to do during the week. “Be” Valerie the Senior VP of Finance and master that weekly planner.

Step out of your title and consider how you can act the part of your ideal position. Of course, be aware that your acting doesn’t include overstepping boundaries that could compromise your job. Ask yourself, “If I were planning this campaign as the executive director, what would I do different?” Add those last few details so your work really shines.

You may be thinking, “This is a lot of extra work that I’m not getting paid to do. What’s in it for me?” Unfortunately, we graduate from high school and college with a lot of memorized facts and very few applicable soft skills. Too many people who are getting promoted are the best out of their applicant pool, but not necessarily the best person for the position. By developing these job skills, you are showing a heightened emotional intelligence that employers agree is just as or more important than the hard skills. It will take a little time and extra effort to get the attention you need, but it is well worth the satisfaction of knowing that you’re finally in the position you deserve.

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