Fast Track Your Career: 5 Tips to Get Promoted


How to Fast Track Your Career

Most people are looking to advance their career, the faster the better.

Before I get started on my tips to get that next promotion, I want to caution people against being too aggressive to grow too quickly. Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know and only time and observation will reveal some of those factors. You may think you want that job but only after staying put a few more months, you may realize that’s not the direction you want to go in. But that aside, here are my surefire tips for advancement:

1) Act professionally at all times. Make sure you are dressed for the job you want, not the job you have. You should look to your boss or your boss’ boss to gauge how to dress, not your peers. Be on time, be reliable. Don’t gossip or whine or complain. If you have genuine greivances, work on presenting those in the most diplomatic fashion to the people who can actually change things such as your boss.

2) Develop a mentoring relationship. Do you see someone who seems to be in the boss’ favor? Align yourself with that person and try to learn as much as possible from them. Most people are flattered to share their knowledge with an eager student…but be sincere. You don’t want to come across as an opportunistic competitor. That could backfire on you if your “mentor” suddenly feels threatened by you. Stay humble and be sure to express appreciation.

3) Be a team player and build your network. If most of your teammates see you as a helpful, valuable asset, they will be your biggest cheerleaders when it comes to opportunities. If the boss is constantly hearing about how helpful you’ve been, that will go a long way.

4) Ask for more responsibilities. If you hear the boss saying something like, “we really need to start tracking that information” or “I wish I had a report that showed me XYZ information” see if you can volunteer for such a project. Even if you don’t overhear such talk, look for opportunities where you can increase some level of efficiency or productivity and take some action. This will show you are proactive and looking at the big picture.

5) Practice self-promotion. While you don’t want to come across as too pushy, there’s nothing wrong with letting the boss know that you are interested in the next step up at the company and tell them why you’d be a good candidate. For example, “I’d really like to be a project manager. I can see that this job really requires someone with great follow up and organizational skills both of which I think I have.” And ask what they think you can do to help get you closer to that goal. Maybe you need some training on a particular software you aren’t aware of…by learning these details, you’ll be one step ahead.

Bottom line: if you look and act professionally, you are reliable, hard working, willing to learn and a helpful team player, you’ll probably get noticed.

Good luck and thanks for visiting

How to Impress Your Boss: 6 Awesome Tips

6 Ways To Impress Your New Manager

Having a new boss can be intimidating whether you liked your old boss or not. Sometimes it’s more comfortable when you know what you got rather than the unknown. But hopefully in this case, it will create fresh opportunities.

Get feedback on how they like to do things. Email, weekly meetings, reports, etc. Might find yourself being asked to share more info than you have in the past. Don’t be defensive about that.

Your boss is the customer. Customer’s aren’t always right but generally whether dealing with a customer or your boss, you want to find a gentler way of putting what you see as a potential pitfall. Perhaps your boss is new to their position but you’ve been there for years. Position your comments such as, “based on my experience, when working with so-and-so, I’ve found this approach works best.” Try to position yourself as a trusted inside adviser, there to help them succeed.

Be on your best behavior. You are being evaluated. Don’t goof around, dress for success.

Exercise the 70/30 rule. 70% of the time, ask questions, 30% of the time provide feedback. Show curiosity in them, their past, their ideas.

If they come in and want to change how things are being handled, a particular procedure, whatever. Scrap the negativity or the “we’ve always done it this way” attitude or comments. Bosses are flawed humans like you and me and they too are in a new position and may want to make a splash, trying to impress their boss by showing how their insight can lead to improved efficiencies, greater sales, etc. If they have new ideas, ask questions, take notes, be receptive. If you have a couple of concerns, express those delicately but don’t get hung up on things like, “that’s never gonna work cuz…” Try their way and if it works, everybody wins. If it doesn’t, then it’s kind of on them.

Finally, be yourself. Be your best self but don’t be a suck up. Don’t brag about yourself. Perhaps offer any assistance by letting them know, hey, I sit right over there if you need any help as you get yourself situated and then get yourself to work. The old adage, actions speak louder than words. Work, work, work.

You’re Fired: 6 Things You Need to Know!

What Do You Do If You Lose Your Job?

For many folks who’ve just lost their job, this can be a time of panic, depression, self-doubt and a whole boat full of negative emotions. This might not seem helpful right now if your in this situation, but I know countless folks who, in hindsight, are grateful this happened because it took them down a whole new, better, more fulfilling path.

If your in this scenario, here are some of my tips:

Ask for severance. Employers are afraid of wrongful termination suits. If you are in a protected class, veterans, disabled folks, women, and anyone over 40 are fall in that category. If you are within this category, you have far more leverage to negotiate a severance package. Even if your employer doesn’t offer one, ask for one.

Immediately update your resume. Tons of examples available online.

Reach out to peers, friends and folks in your industry to help you get the word out that you are looking for a new job and/or positive references. Talk with recruiters who can also work on your behalf but never, ever rely solely on one recruiter.

Keep an open mind. When I was looking for a new job recently, thankfully I wasn’t unemployed but my options felt very limited. A former colleague of mine told me to start saying yes to things that seem completely different than what I’m currently imagining. Even if you interview for a position that doesn’t seem like a good fit, a few things could happen…you may find that it’s far more interesting than anticipated, it could lead to other opportunities you are not aware of, or worst case scenario, you’ll gain some practice interviewing.

When filling out applications or meeting with potential employers, “why you left your previous position” will inevitably come up. Here’s the deal: your best bet is to tell the truth but with the most positive spin you can put on it. This will avoid any hang ups in the reference checking process. If you lost your job because you were always late, say that but then explain that you’ve learned a lot since then and put a system in place to avoid that in the future…whatever that may be for you. Many people will appreciate your honesty especially if you explain what you did to fix the issue.

Finally, if you are feeling down on yourself right now, which is very understandable, make sure you find resources that will help keep your spirits lifted. It’s very difficult to put on a brave, smiling face when your feeling awful. Mediate, exercise, meet with folks you can trust, keep a good sleep regime, get out of the house, whatever that looks like to you, please make sure you take those actions. It will certainly help you with the motivation you’ll need to find that next opportunity.

Wish all of you the best of luck. If anyone has any tips, suggestions or personal stories, please post those in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for visiting