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GET THE PROMOTION YOU DESERVE By Sybile Val As grade-school children, we grow to understand that school equals tests, tests equal promotions and promotions equal success. As much as we all wanted to hurry up and become adults so that we could be finished with school, the truth of the matter is we are all still in school. In the school of life, the teachers, building and students may have different names, but they function in many of the same ways and follow many of the same rules. As you realize just how similar the work environment is to the classroom, you learn how to not only do well but ace the test. We all want jobs we love with bosses and coworkers that are awesome, but that’s not always what we get. As we prepare for job interviews, we do all the research that we need to impress the interviewer and hope that they choose us (imagine dodge ball selection when you were in elementary school); only to get put in the game and have a jolting experience (that one person who loved to “headhunt,” and the sting of that red rubber ball!). So just like your parents, teachers and friends may have told you many times in the past, preparation is key and knowledge is power. Here are some tips to help you get the promotion you want, and believe that you deserve. DO YOUR HOMEWORK Succeeding in the workplace has to be a well- thought-out plan. If you eventually want to be the manager, head administrator or even the boss, you have to set goals with benchmarks that can help you determine if you are staying on course. The best way to do this is to have a plan. I know, I know, some of you may still be in the “I really don’t know exactly where I see myself in 5, 10 or 20 years” phase. Okay, I get it, neither did I, but that doesn’t preclude you from having a plan. After researching the position, the next question you should ask yourself is, “Can I see myself being happy doing this for X amount of years?” This is the point at which you should start planning. In most instances, you plan what you are going to wear to the interview, what you are going to say to help you sell yourself to the interviewer, etc. You should also start planning how you are going to succeed (study) at the position so that you can get the promotion (pass the test) you want. From the moment you apply for a position you have committed yourself to being a student; make sure you are a good one. Take notes! Keep a notebook with your questions for the interviewer as well as your thoughts after the interview for review. As you are working at this position, occasionally review your notes to see if your boss is holding up their end of the bargain and if you are holding up yours. Evaluate yourself (self test). Have you come on board and maintained the enthusiasm for the job that you had at the interview? Have you performed all the duties to make certain you are getting an ‘A’ for performance or just an ‘E’ for effort? If you are not certain about things, have you sought guidance (tutoring) to ensure you are performing your duties well or have you succumb to the mindset of “I just need a ‘C’ to pass?” ASK FOR THE ANSWERS Often times we fail to realize that the test really doesn’t have to be that hard. You see, the topic is not new, and there have been many teachers and students who have tackled the subject before. When it comes to moving up in your company, there are several people usually right next to you who have already mastered it. Don’t reinvent the wheel, just ask to see their blueprint! Most people will actually give it to you! Wouldn’t all of your tests in college have been a guaranteed ‘A’ if you already had all the answers? What many people fail to realize is that what you need to ensure that promotion can come in the simplest of interactions. Whether it’s a brief conversation at lunch with someone who is in the position that you desire or a quick tip from a colleague, all of your interactions at work are helping you learn the right answers. These are the answers you need to successfully pass the test. Even mishaps, bad outcomes and negative results help you ace the test because you now know which answers are not correct! YOU HAVE ALREADY PASSED Many times we know we deserve a promotion and we want the promotion, but we are afraid to ask for it. We convince ourselves why we shouldn’t ask; why the timing isn’t right or why the boss is going to say no. If the approach to asking for the promotion is different, then result is different. It’s true what they say: You have not because you ask not. So #1, ASK! It’s also true that “knowing is half the battle.” If you already believe that the promotion can be yours, the fear and reluctance associated with asking for it diminishes. So go in with confidence, hope for the best and if the answer is no...just consider it a practice test! REVEAL | Q2 2017 21