You know in your own mind that you deserve a raise or promotion, but you can’t seem to get the attention of your boss to prove it. What’s a girl to do? In a post 9-11 economy where many employers are content to stick with what is proven and comfortable, convincing your company to take a chance on you is a real challenge. Here are five simple ways you can let your potential shine, no matter what field you are in.
1. Whatever you do, do it well.
McDonald’s has gained a reputation for being the classic Plan B for high school dropouts and college graduates. “Would you like fries with that?” Few people know that even McDonald’s has their own internal competition for employees with the best job skills. Each year, hundreds of young employees compete using their service and food preparation skills. I’m sure the competitors would agree that they are being judged on techniques that most employees are totally oblivious to. Cantex Distribution
No matter how insignificant you believe your job to be, you can do it with class and pride. So you’re stuck in a crappy intern position, spending your days serving coffee and filing papers. Simply do your job, and that’s what people will expect of your abilities. Serve the coffee with style and become the fastest filer in the office, and people will see that these skills are below your IQ and that you are capable of so much more.
2. Think like a chief.
When you’ve been trained to think like an indian for so long, it is a real challenge to acknowledge the perspective of a chief. Chiefs must be thinking about the big picture, the long-term effects of projects, the financial aspects of the business, and how changes will affect the welfare of the overall organization. They are expected to be creative, understand all the areas within their span of control, recall important data off the top of their heads, and leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are looking at their team for the people who stand out and show an interest in expanding their duties. While you may not aspire to be Superwoman, propose new ideas to your boss and explain how they will benefit the company. Spend time asking questions about other functions of the company.
“When I first joined the volunteer fire department, I asked a lot of questions about my area, and things outside my area,” says Kimberly Dawn Wells, a freelance writer from Wisconsin. “I went to a lot of meetings and learned about the functions of the department and firefighting as a craft. The chiefs really noticed my interest and thought of me as a leader, right off the bat. They thought of me as intelligent, just because I asked questions and had an interest. They saw that I could hold my own.”
If you never step outside of your current role, people won’t see you as capable of growth. You can’t be promoted if you don’t know how to handle the responsibilities of your position.