So you’ve been in your job a few years and while it’s been exciting, you are starting to get the distinct impression that you’re going nowhere slowly.
You’ve seen friends and colleagues rise faster than a tween Youtube sensation, and even though you’re still young, you should have received some recognition by now.
You start to think it’s time to seek out a new place of employment, one where you will be appreciated and compensated accordingly. However, before you make the big leap, pause for a moment to consider the reasons WHY you are not being promoted.
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You haven’t been promoted yet because … you’re waiting to have a job you can prove yourself in
You might be willing to take on responsibility and show what you can do but perhaps you haven’t been given a meaty enough role to prove yourself in yet.
Is that what you tell yourself? Then that may well be why you haven’t been ‘upped’.
Don’t wait until you have an ‘important’ job to do your best. If your employers can’t trust you with the small jobs, then how can they entrust you with something bigger? No matter how insignificant you think your job or a specific task is, always do it to the best of your abilities.
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You haven’t been promoted yet because … you put in only what is required of you
Sometimes it’s not enough to do well at what is expected of you. You need to do well even at what isn’t. This could be staying a couple hours late to finish a presentation well before the due date so that there is time to make suggested edits. Or it could mean volunteering to help with the end-of-year function. Some opt to get another qualification. Doing an MBA part-time will fast-forward your career progression. Not everyone can afford the time and money that goes into an MBA but there are other project-management courses in South Africa that can still give you that edge you need and show you’re willing to go the extra mile.
You haven’t been promoted yet because … you expect to be promoted vertically
We typically think of a promotion as meaning that you move up a rung in the career ladder. However, career progression is a lot more complex nowadays. If you only want to move up, you might have to wait a while. But what about moving sideways?
A horizontal promotion doesn’t mean that you rank higher in the office power structure but it does come with new responsibilities. This broadens your skill set, which might equip you for your future career better than a fancier job title.
If you only have your eyes on what’s above you, you might not ever think to look what’s around you right now.
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