At some point in your career, you’re probably going to want a promotion. Fresh challenges, different kinds of projects, new clients, new coworkers — and don’t forget, more money — can be powerful motivating factors.
Want to move up the corporate ladder? You might need to be willing to go sideways. Horizontal or lateral moves can be just as big a boon to your career as a straight shot up the org chart. Here's what you need to know about the benefits of lateral career moves.
An increasing number of Americans telecommute, at least part of the time. In 2014, 23 percent of the employed population did some or all of their work from home on days that they worked, according to the American Time Use Survey. Technology has freed workers from the need to constantly toil away at the office, but that flexibility is not without its challenges. For one thing, it can be hard to get ahead when the boss never sees your face.
Want to be the boss someday? In addition to gaining experience and building skill sets, you'll need to take on new responsibilities and rise to the level of your next job. While ambition is key, there is more to proving that you are ready for the next level, if you want to make it big in the corporate world.
Should you stay or should you go? Typically, job hopping is frowned upon because it suggests that you're flighty and possibly incompetent, thus a waste of money for the employer. Of course, it could also mean that you know what you want and don't want in your career. Here are three reasons why staying at your job for too long may be a career breaker, rather than a career maker.
It's the moment you've been waiting for – promotion time! You've worked so hard and have given your absolute all to prove that you are capable of more in your career. Then, your boss says those magical words, "We'd like to award you a promotion to…," but just as you're getting ready to jump for joy, she cuts your moment of glee short when she says, "…but, we can't give you a raise at the moment." Wait, what? Before you thrown in the towel and tell your boss where to shove it, take a step back and ask yourself these questions to help you cope with your raiseless promotion.
The old adage of "don't ask, don't get" is usually true when it comes to promotions and raises. If you don't let your manager know about your career goals, it's much less likely that you'll get to where you want to be. That said, workers often ask for promotions without stopping to consider if they're ready for them, or even if they've earned them. If you want to impress your boss and move up the corporate ladder, what you do is just as important as what you say. Here's how you can show your manager that you're ready – without ever saying a word.
Ever feel like you always have so much to do, yet never get anything done? You likely have an ongoing task list, Post-it notes stuck all around your desk ,and co-workers constantly approaching you with more things they need help with. With so much that needs to get done, it's easy to forget everything you've accomplished — and chances are that's a lot.
Hollywood would like us to believe that everyone goes to school, works hard, and quickly winds up in their dream job. From pauper to Wall Street, shy guy to leading man, or mailroom clerk to CEO, it's all about that fairytale ending. Now brush the popcorn from your lap and let your eyes readjust to the light, because the movie's over and we're heading back to reality.