We asked J.T. O’Donnell, the founder of careerealism.com, an important question about career development.
I am ready to take on more responsibilities at work but my boss still views me as the assistant. How do I move up the corporate ladder and get noticed?
J.T. shared this advice with us. If your boss still sees you as the assistant, then your approach to your job has given him/her the impression that you still need a lot of hand-holding or direction. Confidence is key. People who get promoted do the following:
A) They get tasks done with little-to-no instruction.
B) They finish projects in advance of deadlines.
C) They consistently exceed the expectations set by their boss be delivering more than what was asked for.
BUT, most importantly, they strategically REMIND their boss each time they do one of the above. It’s all in the way you present it. Statements like this help to make your boss see your value:
“I know you wanted this done, but I realized we needed, X, Y, and Z too, so I took the liberty of taking care of it for you.”
“I know you wanted this by next week, but I wanted to give it to you early so you had plenty of time to look it over before your meeting.”
“I know you only asked me to do ___, but I know how much easier it would be on you if I did ___ and ___. So I did all three.”
Once you build a pattern of success AND are consistent in marketing your success as outlined above, you’ll be in a position to ask for more responsibility.
JT O’Donnell, founder of CAREEREALISM.com, a top 10 career perspective site for professionals, ages 18-40.