How to Move Up

Maybe you’re with a company whose values and ethics align with yours but you’re in a role that doesn’t fulfill you. First, congratulations! Being with an organization that you believe in is a gift. So, what can you do to move up into something more challenging and exciting? 

I believe there are several key factors to show initiative and the desire to advance – exactly what employers are looking for. 

  1. Seek out untapped opportunities. Provide a solution to a problem in the organization, or identify a gap, be it new markets or resources, and provide a plan to address it. 
  2. Make friends with VIPs and engage a mentor.
  3. Be agile and gain the strength to move quickly and easily amongst change. 
  4. Volunteer to take on a project or ask for more responsibilities – you’ll build on your accomplishments and be seen as someone to count on.
  5. Be accountable. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and own up to mistakes or shortcomings. Being transparent and staying accountable sends a message that you’re trustworthy and competent.
  6. Self promote creatively. Offer to organize an event or meeting and communicate the details prior to and follow up by e-mail. Make sure your e-mail signature is included and soon everyone will know your name, title, and that you’re an engaged team member working in everyone’s best interest.
  7. Be helpful. Prove you’re dedicated to your career and those around you. Stay on top of what’s going on be attending staff and networking events to get the scoop on who’s doing what and who needs help, and proactively offer it.
  8. ASK for a promotion and APPLY for jobs within the organization, even if you only check off a couple of the competencies they’re asking for. You won’t get what you don’t ask for.

Finally, be brave! You likely have more skills than you appreciate. If you see something you want, act on it. Talk to your manager, make sure those in leadership positions know that you are keen to learn and advance within your career. You won’t get what you don’t ask for.

There’s much more to say on the subject and each point. To learn more please contact me at

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