Do you want to be considered for highly desirable positions with strong compensation? Do you want to be the employee who gets selected for internal promotions & who moves into positions of leadership? There’s several relatively easy ways to anchor yourself in a company’s culture and cultivate a sphere of influence within professional interest groups.
Be a Team Player – Organizations need strong team members who demonstrate reliability, consistently perform well, and actively participate in strategic discussions. Effective team players communicate constructively and collaborate with other members of the team—peers, subordinates, and superiors—thereby maintaining harmony and cohesion across and within an organization.
Join a Committee – Become a part of the company that extends beyond your job description. Joining a committee or brainstorming session, where you feel you can make a valuable contribution, will allow you to take a forward-thinking, active role and show your initiative. You will also have the opportunity to expand the reach of your professional network.
Serve in Professional Organizations – Join a professional organization or interest group within your area of expertise and actively participate. Seek an office, chair a committee, or put pen to paper and contribute to an industry journal. An employee who is fully engaged and versed in key market issues and trends renders himself/herself a key player when companies seek objective and strategy review.
Volunteer Acts of Service – Serve others in your community. Volunteer with a charity you are passionate about or a cause that lends itself pertinent in the lives of those around you. Dedicated philanthropic efforts lend to the maturity of a well-rounded professional and go a long way in facilitating personal growth as well.
Do Great Work – Strive to consistently deliver work that meets deadlines, maintains accuracy, and rises above the standards of the company. There is no substitution for hard work, and by working harder than the competition, your dedication to fuelling a drive for promotion won’t go unnoticed. The more you can utilize your strengths and attributes in your career, the more successful and fulfilled you will be.