I’ve had my current job in accounting for a little over two years. I’m very good at my job to the point where some of my colleagues and friends are urging me to go after a management position.
Having confidence in yourself and your abilities is essential to getting ahead. It helps to establish trust, respect and confidence from others. But first, you must be realistic and honest with yourself. Before you try to convince others of your awesomeness, take some time to evaluate your skills and determine whether you truly are ready to move up to the next level in your career. Asking yourself the following questions is a good way to start.
1. What is the next step in my career path?
You must know where you are going if you ever expect to get there. What is your next career goal? Decide what job title fits the position you’d like to advance to next.
2. What qualifications do I need?
It’s time to do a little research. Go to a popular job-search website and search for openings. What type of education is typically required for this position? Do you need to go back to school for another degree or take some continuing education courses? Are there certifications required that you do not possess? Take steps to obtain the training you need to be qualified for the position.
3. Do I have enough experience?
Sometimes, you need two or three years of experience in one position before you can advance to the next level. But while you are waiting, you can improve the way you are perceived in the organization so you are already positioned to get the job when the time is right.
4. Am I performing at the next level?
Ask your boss for opportunities to work on projects that will stretch your abilities and help you grow. Demonstrate that you are ready to take on more responsibility by taking the initiative without being asked.
5. Do I want to put in the extra effort to manage?
Managing people requires involvement in employee motivation, retention, performance, and a lot of other things that can eat up your focus and your time.
Even if you have the skills, you’ll need to convince higher-up you can do the job. You need to think through your qualifications for the job and be ready to spell out the reason why you shroud be “hired” for that position. See Influencing Your Boss and Influencing Up.
Career Success Tip:
If you want to further your career but do not have the skills and experience to get that promotion, there are things you can do both inside and outside of your organization. Talk with your supervisor about your goals. Perhaps you brush up with professional development courses or work on projects that give you greater visibility. Volunteer work can add to your resume if you take on leadership roles in well-respected organizations.
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- Copyright © 2012 Marcia Zidle career and leadership coach.