Friday, May 17, 2013

Get Promoted More Challenges

Getting promoted is essential if you want more challenges and thirst for making decisions.

Here are 3 Reasons Why as a Techie You Didn't Get Promoted:

1. No Supporters

As a technical person your job is to put out the fires that arise without end. This doesn't leave you much time to get to know your fellow co-workers. However, you're not doing yourself any favors by wanting to hide in your data center or not answering your phone.
If you want to advance your career, you're going to have to talk with the folks who can make that happen. Folks such as your immediate boss, the executive assistant(s) for the executives, the HR director and the VP of sales.

These folks have immediate impact on how you're perceived in your job. Remember, they know you do your job. They don't know what your career ambitions are or what you're doing to aid the company in achieving its goals. Don't be a stranger. Let them know.

2. Only Focusing on Tasks

Tasks are important. However, instead of staring at your monitor and trying to decide what new bright and shiny tech gadget you want next, mingle with other staff members. Mingle, not get on their nerves.

Attend company functions. Don't make the same mistake I made early in my career by performing only tasks (they were important - not critical) instead of taking the time and getting to know your fellow employees. It's not when you leave an event, it's if you show up.

Your fellow staff members will feel slighted if you don't show up. Management will look at you in a different (negative) light and may say that you don't fit in. Don't be a victim. Participate.

3. Being Perceived as Anti-Social

Gone are the days of the tech who solely works in the back room. Even data center techs have to communicate with internal and external customers and staff members.

If you're perceived as anti-social then this can reduce your chances of getting promoted or even a pay raise. 
If you're perceived as anti-social, fellow staff members may avoid asking your for help and ask a more junior staff member who is less skilled technically however has more social appeal. Result? They get promoted and you're left fuming over the 'injustice.'

Be your best by giving your best, promoting your best and doing your best. No on else will do this for you.

These 3 Reasons Why As a Techie You Didn't Get Promoted will enable you to look at what you're doing now and determine your path. Use them to your advantage.

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