Taking on Additional Responsibility
I have heard many people complain that they are underpaid or not being given promotions fast enough. What many of these people don’t realize is that, a manager won’t promote them until they can do the job of the position above them. So, if you are looking to advance faster, let your manager know that you are interested in growing your career and offer to take on additional projects, especially projects that would expand your skillset and expose you to other functional areas.
However, be careful not to take on more than you can chew. If you can demonstrate to your manager that you are a self-starter who is smart, aggressive, ambitious, and efficient, you will be promoted much faster. At the same time, you need to maintain a positive outlook and be pleasant to deal with. If you are taking on projects that involve other managers, they may notice your hustle, drive, and quality work which will open you up to other paths for growth.
Quite often, I see work that has not been fully completed or completed to the best of one’s ability. Why does this happen? It happens because no one wants to take responsibility and ownership for that project. If one person were to take responsibility for a certain project or initiative, he would ensure that all the work would be done. He would ensure that no details are missed. Instead, we have many people who only want to complete the part that they know they are responsible for, and not the remaining part that would be necessary to fully complete the project. My advice is to take full responsibility and accountability for your work. If something goes wrong, fix it. If someone is unsatisfied, find out why. If you hold onto that principle in your everyday work, I guarantee you that your work quality will go up and your manager and clients will be much happier.
If You Still Don’t Get Promoted...
If you feel that you’ve done everything correctly but still cannot move up or grow for whatever reason (lack of openings, politics, discrimination, etc.), then make it your responsibility to advance through another path. You may need to find another company that will offer you those growth opportunities or lateral into another role that will help you get where you want to be.
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