In this month’s issue of Money Magazine, there is a great article about the elements associated with getting a career on a uphill swing. To build momentum, the author of the article, Elaine Pofeldt suggests the following: 1) participate in companywide committees and activities to make contacts in target departments, 2) check with HR regarding job postings, 3) get to know an HR representative so you have an advocate, 4) cultivate support seeking advice from mentors or key people in the organization, 5) hone your soft skills, 5) demonstrate leadership skills by taking initiative, and capitalizing on change. Lastly, you may need to recast your role in the organization. By volunteering for projects, going on the offensive with ambition, you will increase your visibility with key leadership and begin laying the groundwork for a promotion.
Top managers are recognizing a talent gap when it comes to certain skills them deem important. Filling the void can help you get ahead. What are some of these skills?
- Critical thinking
- Collaboration and Team Building
- Creativity and Innovation
So, how is this done? You can enroll in internal or external classes for professional development, get new or advanced certifications in your area of expertise, build interpersonal skills, join professional associations to network and put yourself on the cutting edge of change.
If you are proactive, your career can soar. “If you’re not moving up, you’re slowly moving out.”