Want to move ahead in your company or land that next promotion? It’s actually more attainable than you think. Yes, the competition is fierce. And education, experience and skills aren’t enough anymore. But if you can clearly define what makes you unique, what you are known for and what you can do to help solve immediate issues in your organization, you’re on the right track. Follow these tips to help get you started:
Define your vision for your life and your career. When you have a clear picture of where you are going, you can map out your plan and begin to see opportunities to differentiate yourself. Can you tie your vision to your company’s goals?
Do you love what you do? Is your current work aligned with what is most important to you? Clarify your priorities, values and passions. Knowing these will help you better determine what fits best so you can look for opportunities within your organization that are aligned with your goals.
Highlight the skills and characteristics that make you unique. If you are the only one who does what you do, list the things that make you unique and valuable. Do you have special certifications? How do they impact your work? Did you grow up in a different country? How does that experience affect your work ethic?
Learn how to explain what you do (or what project you are managing) in 30 seconds or less. Consider this your elevator pitch. Mastering this technique will set you apart. If you can explain what you do for the organization—including the results you deliver—in 30 seconds or less, I guarantee senior management will remember you.
Identify your champions. These are the people both inside and outside your company who provide guidance and support and will go to bat for you when key opportunities arise. These are the people who will want to know these things about you. Schedule time to meet with them periodically.
Good luck and keep me posted on your progress! Share your thoughts or strategies in the comments section below.