STRATEGY NO. 4: CREATE A STRONG PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Cultivate a strong professional and personal network that can give you guidance and advice. Your network might include colleagues, supervisors, former classmates, members of ALA and social network friends. Think in terms of creating a board of directors. These people can be a key element in promoting your skills and abilities to the right people.
STRATEGY NO. 5: GET TO THE DECISION-MAKERS
If they don’t know you, how will you ever move up? Be aware of who is making the promotion decisions: Is it a partnership committee? Managing partner? A vote of equity partners? Find out if they are likely to support and promote your candidacy.
“Cultivate a strong professional and personal network that can give you guidance and advice.”
Decision-makers will be less inclined to back you if they are not familiar with you or your work. Become better acquainted with these individuals. Work on a matter supervised by a decision maker. Use the opportunity to show them your best work.
STRATEGY NO. 6: DON’T BECOME OVERZEALOUS
Do not be overzealous in efforts to move up. Employees are not well received if they’re being disingenuous and self-promoting — colleagues and managers can tell.
On the other hand, when someone takes action for the betterment of the firm, the community or the overall practice — that’s when an individual is noticed in a positive light. Your boss may not pat you on the back to say you’re doing a good job, but understand that your efforts are being recognized, and your actions are reflecting positively — always a good thing.
STRATEGY NO. 7: LEVERAGE YOUR NEW SKILLS
Strategize to learn a new assignment. Send an email to the appropriate party, noting why you can get it done. Have you just taken a course to learn budgeting strategies? Now is the time to advertise that. For example, say something like “I noticed the creation of the new budget for the HR Department coming up. I would like to be included in this process, as I’ve just taken a course that I think can help us make the process more efficient. Can we Zoom on Tuesday or would Wednesday be better to chat?”
STRATEGY NO. 8: NEGOTIATE YOUR WAY UP
Negotiators too often start focused on the opportunity in front of them rather than on ultimate work and life aspirations. Think strategically about not just what you might negotiate but how.
The best negotiators generate mutually beneficial solutions through joint problem-solving and creative trade-offs, along with compromise. Negotiating the direction of your career typically involves multiple stakeholders — including those in your personal life as well as those at work. Making compensation the deciding factor can be a mistake. It may be more important to get the role, learn more and leverage that knowledge in another bump up.
Getting noticed in order to get promoted is not easy. It takes hard work and perseverance. You may even be trying to create a brand new position within the firm or simply get higher-level assignments. Bottom line? You can get what you want. It just depends on how you do it.