After putting in a lot of hard work, you finally got the promotion you’ve always wanted, but now that you’ve moved up, it’s important that you prove your worth to the bosses who deemed you ready for career advancement (just like actress Marian Rivera and her recent casting coup with Amaya)! Female Network gives you five tips to help you out.
1. PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD.
The best and easiest way to show that you deserve the career advancement that was given to you is by doing your job well. Just because you've managed to snag your dream promotion, it doesn’t mean you have the excuse to slack off or be complacent. Use the momentum from your promotion to propel you further ahead by making sure you put your best foot forward, not just during your first week in your new position, but all the time. You’ve already established yourself as a reliable and hardworking employee. Now it’s time to show that you can also be a good leader!
2. CONTINUE TO DEVELOP SKILLS AND IMPROVE YOUR CRAFT.
Increasing and improving your skill set through seminars and workshops is another great way of showing that you’re dedicated to doing well in your new position. This will also help you in the long run as it adds heft to your credentials. Should you vie for a higher position in the future, you’ll have the skills to back yourself up. But classes can only get you so far. Also do a self-evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, and work on changing anything that hinders your performance at work. Always be on the lookout for things you can use to improve yourself as well as skills you may be able to learn that might help you later on.
3. CONSULT THE EXPERTS.
Not sure if you’re going about your new job correctly? Meeting with your immediate boss or manager to clarify your new responsibilities shows him that you want to do your job in the best way possible. Now is the time to ask how broad the scope of your decision-making obligations is so that you won’t have problems with overstepping boundaries in the future. You can also talk to the person who previously held your position to find out what his assessment of your team is. How do the team members work? What kind of leadership style are they used to? With their help, you can take on your new role with more confidence and minimize adjustment problems with your staff.
4. BE A MASTER OF PRIORITIZATION.
If you want to show that you’re worthy of your promotion, you have to adjust to your new responsibilities and do it quickly. If you've been promoted to a managerial position, for example, realize that you are now responsible for the rest of your team. This means you can delegate tasks and spread the workload among your team members instead of trying to do everything by yourself. Because you are now in charge of more difficult or numerous duties, you have to think of the bigger picture and learn to let go of the smaller tasks you used to be in charge of doing. This will ensure that you won’t get overwhelmed, as well as help you grow with the rest of your team. Plus, it helps you lessen the chances of being burnt out from overwork while underutilizing your team members, which may in turn put them at risk of being considered unnecessary and subsequently being transferred elsewhere.
5. BUILD RAPPORT WITH YOUR TEAMMATES.
Being a leader means you command respect from your teammates, but just because you’re in a higher position, it doesn’t give you an excuse to belittle those who work under you. If you went from team member to team leader, chances are the people you were already working with need time to adjust to your leadership style. Some of them might even be doubtful of your capabilities. In essence, you are proving yourself, not just to the big bosses, but to your teammates too. Don’t let yourself feel disgruntled or confused. Earn their respect by giving them proper guidance and acknowledging their own capabilities. Get to know their fields of expertise, and consult them whenever the need arises. This will show them that you understand how they work and that you are there to help them.
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