How to Get Promoted
– The Top 10 Ways to be Taken More Seriously at Work
as a Young Professional Female –
Does your reputation precede you in the workplace? If we were to poll your co-workers and ask them to describe you, would you be proud of the picture they paint?
SheNOW wants to get you on the fast track to success and make sure that any words used to describe you are only the kind that fill resumes. So, use these tips, strap on those heels, and get ready to climb!
1. Stay Current with the News, including Internal and External Company Dealings:
Read, Read, and Read Some More. Managers and executives appreciate someone who can hold a conversation with them vs. a bobble head doll that just nods in agreement with nothing to add.
We can not emphasize enough how important and impressive it is when a young female professional knows what she is talking about. Participate in intelligent conversations where you can add value and make people step back a say, “Hmmm…You’re right. I didn’t think of it that way.”
Dress the part. This includes clothing, hair, makeup, accessories, etc. If you want the title of Regional Manager, President, or CEO, then you need to make it easy for people above you to imagine you in this role. Your appearance is part of your visual resume, so make sure it is checked and double checked for cleanliness, tidiness, and professionalism before you put it out for their review.
Be the Part. Now that you look like the executive you want to be, you need to act like it. Body Language, Posture, Attitude, Work Ethic, Performance, and other items all work together as other parts of your visual resume. When hiring managers want to promote someone, you will have a leg up on the competition if they have already seen how you would handle the role. Again, make it easy for them, and you will be favored.
Present the Part. You have just lost in ‘Eenie Meenie Miny Moe’, and now you have to drive everyone to lunch. Do you have to move fast food containers, clothes, and books before people can climb in? What about your workspace? If certain stacks of paper were moved, would you find year old Cheetos and that missing french fry?
Tidy and clean lend people to visualize you as organized and on top of things. Messy and cluttered paints you as discombobulated and confused. Your car and your workspace are reflections of you so make sure they emulate you properly.
You want your mouth washed out with soap? No? Well, speak professionally so we don’t have to. Do not use words that diminish your intelligence. We promise, you’ve offended at least one person in the room, and those four letter words don’t make anyone think more highly of you.
Issues in your private life? Sorry to hear that, but keep them there. If everyone is aware of your boyfriend, family, and pet turtle issues, they will remember it when promotion time comes around. Maybe they’ll pass you up because they think you have too much going on outside of work to handle the job. Or, even worse, they are seeing how you handle stressful personal situations, and they assume you’ll handle work complications in the same manner.
Numbers Don’t Lie and neither will your performance review if you can repeatedly deliver results. Make extra efforts to continually improve processes, come up with new ideas, and exceed year end goals. Do these, and do them well, and you can bet your newest Apple gadget that you will get noticed.
5. Do What You Say You’re Going to Do:
Your word is your bond. Managers want people they can depend on. They want things done, not excuses. Build a reputation as a problem solver and go to person, and you will make yourself indispensible.
Yes, you know her. The one who had too much to drink at the Holiday Party. The one who is habitually late. The one who eats other people’s lunches from the fridge. There are countless numbers of stereotypes within the workplace, and, as women, we already have enough of an up hill battle…don’t make it harder on yourself. We are trying to break stereotypes, not make new ones.
Which leads us to…
What is it? How does your boss, and the rest of the office, see you? Whether you like it or not, conversations about you are happening. Your boss with other executives as they discuss succession tracks, your co-workers with other employees, your customers (internal and external) with who knows who, etc. Do they see you as a person willing to go the extra mile? Dedicated? Are you the hard worker? Or, are you one of the stereotypes listed above? Mold your reputation through your actions as a person willing and ABLE to fill those C-Level roles.
There is a time and a place for it, but it’s not at work. Unless your performance contract includes requirements for you to check your personal facebook page and tweet about your dog’s latest trick, stay off social media sites during work hours. Some employers track use of these sites, and you could lose your job. Not to mention, there are time-stamps on your postings so your manager has physical proof you aren’t working!
9. Edit Your On-Line Profiles:
Would You Want That Photo On The Front of the New York Times? No? Then don’t post it! Actively manage your online presence, clean up profiles, and google your name. Anything and everything out there is accessible by your current and future employers, regardless of how sneaky you think you are with privacy settings.
10. “If you can’t communicate, you can’t compete.”1:
“Intelligence often falls victim to the inarticulate.”1 Being able to effectively communicate is essential to success. Join a professional speaking organization until you:
– Remove all verbal crutches (“umm”; “like”; “you know”) from your everyday conversations.
– Can confidently present to C-Level Executives.
– Conquer impromptu speaking.
– Control body language, vocal variety, and facial expressions.
Without control over all of the above, you undermine your professionalism and knowledge without even knowing it.
Remember – Your personal “Brand” is created by every word out of your mouth, every action you make, and every physical aspect of your being. Are you proud of the picture you paint?
Quotes: 1 = Brenna Smith, CEO & Founder of SheNOW
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