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TMS EXECUTIVE - How to get that Internal Promotion!

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It is tough to climb the travel ladder, especially as the top end narrows significantly. Ainslie Hunt

If you want an exciting and rewarding career that pays you accordingly, then you need to start the climb at some stage.

It is a difficult path to weave but you have to be a patient team player whilst being an ambitious self-promoter to land that internal promotion and prove to your current employer that you are the best person for the top job! These tips below can help you in your bid to success:

STEP 1: WORK FOR A COMPANY THAT HAS ROOM TO GROW

The type of company you work for can determine your potential for promotion. Hopefully you are already working for a company with opportunity for advancement. You don’t have to work for a huge corporation, although these usually offer plenty of promotion possibilities, but you do want to look for a company that has enough going on so that you can be assured you are not running into a dead end.

STEP 2: BE AMAZING IN YOUR CURRENT ROLE

If you blend in, you’re going to get passed over. BE AMAZING! Good attendance, punctuality and a willingness to go the extra mile is easy to do and essential. Never say no to work that comes from mid-level management in different divisions where the future promotion could sit. You need more, not less, work from people who might control the decision related to who gets the promotion.

STEP 3: BE A SELF-PROMOTER AND BE POPULAR

You don’t want to toot your own horn too much, but you can’t always expect your merits to speak for themselves. Make sure your direct Manager knows what you have achieved. Don’t be an attention grabber but make sure you get credit where credit is due. It is equally important to be popular. We don’t live in an ideal world, so office politics often plays a role in who gets a promotion and who doesn’t. Use and develop your people skills and get to know people in other divisions or departments.

STEP 4: APPLY AND INFORM YOUR EMPLOYER YOU WANT A PROMOTION

These days you can’t just wait for a promotion to fall into your lap. That happens sometimes, but most promotions, especially in large organisations, require you to go through the application and interview process. Usually you will have to compete with candidates from outside the company.

Make sure you apply for the right positions. Look for opportunities that you are genuinely interested in and that you are qualified for. You may not have all the skills listed in the job description and most people won’t, but you want to be able to make a good case that you will be able to get up to speed quickly. If you need to upskill, advise your employer that you are willing to re-study or volunteer to upskill.

Take the process seriously. Many internal candidates figure they already have the job in the bag but studies show that as few as 1/3 of internal candidates win the better jobs they seek. External candidates can be extremely competitive and have nothing to lose. They want the job. Don’t be complacent and remember to “sell” yourself like you would be applying for any other job.

STEP 5: GROOM A SUCCESSOR

It is a common occurrence: You are so good at your job that you are indispensable. You are so indispensable in your current position that the company would fall apart if you were to leave that position. Take another employee under your wing and train them so that they will be ready to fill your shoes if you get promoted. Some people are afraid that their understudy will take their job if they do this, but as long as you’re a great employee and continue to develop your own skills, the only way you will lose your current job is by getting promoted.

If you find that that internal promotion just won’t present itself, develop a new position or seek employment elsewhere. If you figure out a better way to do your current role or see a need for a new position, highlight this to management. If you identified the need, then you will probably be the best person for the new role. If, for whatever reason, you seem to be at a dead end, it’s time to look for a better opportunity elsewhere. This can be hard if you feel loyalty to your employer, but you do need to do what is in the best interest of your career and the last thing anybody wants, it an unhappy and non performing staff member……at any level!