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Career Advice: How to get the promotion you deserve

By: Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Feb 8th, 2020

Finding opportunities to grow your skills beyond the day-to-day tasks is an ideal way to give your career a boost. However, looking for new challenges is not just about impressing the boss. Taking on responsibilities that push you outside your comfort zone will also boost the confidence you have of your skills and ability to move up.

Taking on new challenges adds more diversity to your role and makes it more interesting than carrying out the same tasks day in and out. As soon as you have become comfortable and fully competent in a role, it’s time to start seeking out opportunities to take on new tasks to grow your professional career. Approaching new challenges doesn’t have to be a daunting task, here are four steps to help you take your career to the next level.

1.Make a development plan and stick to it

Create a plan that you feel is realistic and works for you. Detail your goals, plan of action and give yourself due dates, assessing the type of tasks you are ready and able to take on. It is important to be honest about what is manageable considering your existing workload. Also, ensure to hold yourself accountable and stick to the deadlines that you set out so that you achieve your goals.

2.Avoid overwhelming yourself with work

Ease your way into taking on new tasks so that you do not take on too much all at once. Try to start with a piece of work which will take you outside your comfort zone, but will not make you feel completely out of your depth. It is better to deliver a small new task successfully than fail on a major project.

3.Welcome feedback

Take the time to analyze your projects to determine what went well and what could be improved. Ask your manager for feedback as well and use it to build on your development plan. Reflecting on the progress you have made is a great way to check if you are on the right track to getting the promotion.

4.Don’t let obstacles get in your way

There will be challenges along the way that you will have to face, but you shouldn’t let the fear of failure get in your way. If you have considered the task realistically, then you set yourself up for success. There will be obstacles, so don’t hesitate to ask for help, people will expect you to need some support when you first try something new.

View the additional work you take on as an investment in your future, not a fast track to an instant pay raise or promotion. Those things may follow, but it is better to enjoy the process, and not see approaching new challenges as just a means to an end.

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