How To Advance in Your Organization
Develop A Career Mission Statement
A professional career objective is usually best planned in the context of a long-term personal vision. Where do you want to be in your work life in 10 years? Some people consider this point as a "life mission" or "purpose" and then draft for themselves a mission statement. To do so, consider the career alternatives. Questions to ask yourself are:
How can I build relationships that will support my new role?
How can I best assume a leadership role?
What must be done to maximize my organizational positioning?
How can I improve people''s impressions?
What can I do to improve my efficiency?
What are the politics of this organization?
What issues are facing the organization that could result in my making a contribution outside of the normal scope of my job?
What issues do I need to renegotiate or clarify with my boss?
Can I engage others in a work team that is self managed so that I can give people the impression of my self worth?
Who do I know today and what should I know tomorrow?
Once you have analyzed the above, you must begin taking control and changing things to attain your mission statement. One of the major issues facing you is "how to maintain high performance, while you change."
Demonstrating agility, resilience, tenacity, and innovation leads to a positive development in one''s career and improves your opportunity for advancement.
More and more individual success depends on an entrepreneurial approach to work and career management.
So, one of the critical steps to career advancement is demonstrating entrepreneurship. On the whole, American work organizations are successfully adapting to massive global change. In doing so they have significantly changed how work is done, how work is managed, and how individuals must behave to succeed in their careers.
Therefore, career advancement is based on assessing what work one is good at, and who in the company will appreciate affiliation and the service rendered. Demonstrating emerging managing skills is also key to career advancement. Some of those attributes are:
Thinking of systems and enhanced ways to improve efficiency.
Networking within the company and building an infrastructure of comrades within the organization that you can exchange ideas, and thoughts on improved productivity.
Teamwork is key to understanding group decisions and facilitation.
Information Management and knowing what is needed, how to get at it, and where to go.
Knowing how to operate in an environment of ambiguity, and yet demonstrating successful maneuvering. For example, during the launching of a new game there are many unknown events that could hinder performance. Maintaining a positive attitude and being resourceful is key to demonstrating control and maneuvering around issues.
Managing and initiating change. For example, while managing a new game, there may be suggestions on how to improve upon the flow of the game, or enhance how it is operating.
In addition to the above, is the notion of who you are, who you appear to be. So dress the part. Good grooming is key to career advancement and success.
Wear suits that are tasteful (muted colors, appropriate lengths, properly tailored).
Wear professional shoes that match your suit.
Keep hair length and style consistent with those on the "executive level."
Be conservative with jewelry.
Make sure accessories match your attire and are in good taste.
Take notice of those who are successful; what are their grooming habits?
Maintain a Professional Social Media Image
Make sure your profile on LinkedIn is well written and succintly describes your skills, knowlege and accomplishments.
Maintain a professional tone and content in your posts on Facebook. Do not vent or take a stand on a topic that may be perceived as being inflammatory, biased or emotional.
Create a separate Twitter account for your professional communications.