Double Your Chances for Promotion in Two Easy Steps
Do two things in this order:
1st – Put together a self-development plan with activities and goals and a timeline. Show that you’re working on your ‘opportunity’ areas. (Opportunity areas are weaknesses for the GenXers reading this)
2nd – You need to make your direct supervisor keenly aware of this plan, and (the most important part) you need to ask that supervisor for help in accomplishing your plan. Have very specific things your boss can do to help you complete your development plan.”
Bosses love to promote people they believe they’ve helped and mentored. It’s a great ego stroke, and they get bonus points from the organization because they are ‘developing’ talent. Bosses don’t get credit for hiring great talent. They get credit for promoting great talent.