Hit a Career Plateau? …. Four Tips for Moving Up
It takes more talent and drive to get ahead today than ever
before. With crowds of baby boomers far from ready to retire, stiff competition
in the job market and the relentless downsizing of corporations, many people's
careers are stalling at lower levels and at earlier ages.
But by learning fresh skills, staying on top of new technology and
seeking added responsibilities at work, you can move up and off a career
Here are a few tactics to consider:
- Fortify yourself with
knowledge. Take courses at a community college or specialized school to
learn a new skill such as advanced computer work or a foreign language.
Also check executive MBA programs, which often offer weekend classes. Ask
your human-resources department if your company will subsidize your
tuition. You may be surprised.
- Get involved in community or
business projects. You can broaden your experience and heighten you
visibility by holding office in a professional group, writing an article
in a trade journal, becoming a mentor or organizing a conference. If given
the chance to make a speech, seize it.
- Look for new responsibilities
to add to your job description. Be open to innovative possibilities, such
as managing interns or suggesting new projects and ideas. It's a delicate
balance to shine for your superiors without alienating your immediate boss
or co-workers. What you need is an idea that will make your superior's
department look good. Propose the plan to your immediate boss. With his or
her approval, you can present it more formally to the company's
higher-ups. If they let you try it and it works well, you're in a position
to bargain for a new title, a raise or more authority. By showing an
eagerness to grow in your present job, you'll avoid being classified as
- Confront your situation. Tell
the folks on top exactly what you think you can do to contribute further.
Don't be taken for granted. Regularly ask for feedback from your bosses
and people working under you. It may be that you're not communicating,
delegating or producing as effectively as you might think.
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