Are you READY? Are you a star? Have you developed a reputation in your field? Do you help others in your department? Are you so known for your skills that people look to you for help? Is the next move an obvious career step? If the move doesnt make sense to you, it probably wont make sense to others either.
Are you INCLUDED? Are you the type who simply helps out while the choice assignments go to someone else? Or do you get good assignments so youre seen as a person on the leading edge? Are you asked to represent your department on important projects and task forces? Do you volunteer for critical responsibilities, including tasks for which your boss is responsible?
Are you ACCEPTABLE to others? Do you get along well with your peers? Do you get along well with your boss? Make sure your boss looks to you for input. Have you supported your boss and never undermined him or her? If not, youre doomed. Have you become part of the power center? Are you known to your bosss peers and others above you? If no one knows your talents or likes you, you wont be promoted.
Are you in the RIGHT PLACE at the RIGHT TIME? If you are doing everything right, but your company is not doing well, youre not going anywhere. Is your boss going somewhere? If not, he or she may be a roadblock. Consider lateral moves into faster-growing companies. Think of ideas for changing your present job to move it in the direction you want to go.
© 2006 The Five O'Clock Club. Reprinted by permission.
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