The REAL Reason Why You Are Failing to Advance Your Career (And How to Fix It)
Are you stuck in the same job for too long, failing to advance your career? Have you ever wondered why some people get promoted FASTER while others get left behind?
If the answer is "yes", then what you are about to read below may be the single most important message of this entire year for you.
You see, after working with hundreds of ambitious Fortune 500 professionals, I have discovered that most of them make the EXACT SAME handful of mistakes that lead to failure to advance their careers.
I call these mistakes "Career Blindspots".
Here is the thing - these blindspots, once corrected, can help professionals like you land a job promotion within 6-12 months (sometimes even less). What's most interesting about these blindspots is that they typically fall in one of the four categories:
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Career Blindspot #1: You are terrified to talk about your success at work.
According to the recent @Work study done by LinkedIn, 46% of the professionals said that they do not feel confident talking about their achievements at work.
They feel that if they talk about their successes, it would come across as bragging.
In order to compensate for this, they keep working even harder, hoping that their results will speak for themselves…only to get ignored and passed over for job promotions year after year, calling other people schmoozers and growing more resentful with each passing day.
Underlying problem: You don’t have the SKILL to talk about your success in a sleaze-free way, so you persuaded yourself that results should speak for themselves. They won’t. They never do.
Quick fix: Share credit with the team that helped you to achieve success. It will ease you into verbalizing your own achievements.
Career Blindspot #2: New career opportunities are being HIDDEN from you
In other words, you work your ass off all year long but you DON'T SEE any room to move up. There are simply no new job positions on the horizon that would be a fit for you.
Then one day you hear that your colleague Matt just got promoted to a newly created job. A job that would have been a perfect fit for YOU. You start to wonder what the hell happened…
Underlying problem: You keep waiting for new job openings to be publicly announced before you apply for them when in fact, 70% of new job openings are NOT publicly announced. In other words, these jobs are filled BEFORE they are made public. And yet, a large majority of professionals are solely focused on publicly announced jobs that account only for 30% of all new jobs.
Quick fix: Find out which parts of your organization are poised for growth over the next 12 months.
Tip: In public companies CEOs and senior executives talk publicly about parts of the company where growth is expected to come from. That’s where the money will go and new positions will be created.
Career Blindspot #3: You crave recognition and reward...but you are NOT getting any.
In this scenario you work hard but no one seems to notice...
You consistently meet or exceed your goals but when you sit down with your boss to have the annual performance review, you end up getting average grades. You earn the EXACT SAME salary for the three years now (or best case scenario, every year you receive a measly 1-2% annual increase).
You start to feel frustrated and try various tactics to get more visibility and recognition but somehow other people end up getting all the credit. Over time, you start to feel UNDERVALUED and UNDERAPPRECIATED, seeking way out...
Underlying problem: We have been conditioned to “be good” since our childhood and learned to connect the reward and recognition from our parents with our self-worth. At workplace, we expect similar recognition from our boss when in fact, we can get that recognition from other people and stay focused on what matters more - the next level job.
Quick fix: Start GIVING informal recognition to other people. It will encourage them to have the same attitude towards you.
Career Blindspot #4: You (mistakenly) blame it on your boss of office politics.
Even though you are competent, hard-working and deliver results, your boss stays negative about you and your abilities.
Even worse, he BLOCKS your job promotion.
When you try to initiate a discussion about your career development, he either avoids it or keeps coming up with an ever growing list of new skills you need to develop.
To make things worse, office politics and favoritism start to prevail. You find yourself sitting in meetings where your boss consistently praises your boot-licking colleagues instead of you.
Over time, you start to resent your boss and blame him for your being stuck in your career. You may even start to bad mouth him, naively assuming that he will never hear about it…
Underlying problem: You are not accepting the fact that YOU are in charge of managing the relationship with your boss and learning how to expand your circle of influence.
Quick fix: Take a piece of paper and map out people who are essential for your job promotion. This would typically include not only your current boss, but also your future boss, three future peers and one influential person who is at least a peer of your future boss (that person should become your mentor).
Once you’re done mapping, write down ONE action you will take for each of these four groups of people.
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