Four tips to help you get a promotion

Getting a promotion can seem like a big career leap for many of the women I speak to.  I work with a lot of introverted women like me who are good at their job but aren’t owning their worth. They usually have more than six years plus experience and the skills to match but feel intimidated by others or feel asking for one is awkward and even a little bit embarrassing.

So, in this post I want you think about how you can start thinking about getting a promotion because this is something, I have made happen for a few of my clients.

1. What is your why?

Be clear about why you want to be promoted employers want reasons as to why you are motivated to want more. This is going to be different for everyone. Some of you may want more from your own career development. For others maybe you want to get more money as you have been in the company for a while and want to be rewarded for this.

Many of the women I have worked with often want a promotion to help them grow professionally and learn new skills and qualifications that they may not get access to if they stay in their current role. Or they just want the recognition they truly deserve and just feel more valued as a result of being promoted because the responsibility helps them learn more and help others who are newer to the organisation. Do want to learn and train others and be in a leadership role and be a mentor for others? Whatever your reason be clear about it so you can have a clear focus towards where you want to be.

Also, make sure it’s your decision and yours alone. You may see friends and others progressing in their career and that’s great but if you don’t want what they have it don’t go for it.

Some people’s why may include buying a new house, going on holiday renovating their house getting married, etc.. What are the benefits of your unique why, journal about this if it helps you declutter all the fog in your brain. I suggest my clients do this when it’s too overwhelming for them to explain their why.

2.If you don’t ask you don’t get

I often see very talented women wanting a promotion but feeling shame around money or seeing someone younger or someone perhaps less experienced get the opportunity instead. If you don’t ask you don’t get so it’s important to have the courage to start thinking about your growth here too. It may even be that you could have faced a set up in your personal life that causes you to doubt your own abilities. Things like being bullied by a previous boss, redundancy going through a divorce becoming a mum etc could play a part in this too.

Communicate and tell your managers you want a promotion in an enthusiastic and sensible way and why you are worthy of one especially if you want to stay in your organisation.

If you really want a promotion asking for one can be the first step and if this doesn’t help look elsewhere. Most of the women I have helped get promoted have taken action to get there. This is properly not what you want to hear but if you really know what your why is and it’s important for you to progress then you need to take more consistent action to get there.

3.Experience counts

If you really want to get promoted, then experience is important but don’t let your experience hinder you either This is one of the problems I see with the women I talk to who need my support with this. They often talk themselves out of applying for a higher-level job and promotion. This can happen for several reasons, but they feel their experience although worthy isn’t everything. Also, the fear of success and imposter syndrome can hold them back from applying and getting a promotion and can feel overwhelming. I want to challenge you here a little bit. Your experience will help you be a good mentor to others in your company and if your managers don’t see this you need to find an organisation that will.

If you see that your ethics aren’t in line with the current place you work, it could even be the work culture is making you feel that you can’t get a promotion. Remember your experience does count but it’s important you value it and show how it helps you develop too. Be confident in how it helps you stand out and why you are the best person for such and such role. Don’t be afraid to shine a light on the good work, recognitions, and projects you have contributed towards. You aren’t showing off but demonstrating how you have had an impact and made an imprint in the work you do and thus should be valued.

Also, think about your own personal reputation in your organisation what do you people say about you? Are you a “go-to person” make sure you capitalise on this and make it a USP to help you get a better position you deserve? Also having certain skills or specialisms can help you be seen as an expert or leader depending on the roles you are looking for.

4. Keep going until you get a promotion

You can’t give up on the first hurdle if you know you are clear on your why and have asked and have the experience all you need to do is keep applying for higher-level roles. I have had a few clients who haven’t got there the first time and that’s ok. Practice makes perfect but remember if you really want to be in a different job and get paid what you are worth don’t give up.

Finding a new job can take time if you are in a full-time role. If you really want it to happen for you give yourself a goal of when you would be in a new job. It can take an average of 3-6 months or more to get a new job, so you need to be patient and not give up. It’s also important you work for an organisation that fits around your lifestyle too. If you are a working mum is there flexible working hours etc.

Want support?

If you know you want support with this why not apply for a 15-minute call to see how I can best support, you move forward with this. You can book a call here

I offer a 4-week job hunting mentoring program for women who are professionals and already in employment to help support with this see here

Wishing you all the best and I hope this blog post helps you take action to apply for a promotion that you so deserve.

Much love

Soma x

 

 

 

Tips to help motivate you to return to work after becoming a mum or being on maternity.

Returning to work after maternity or being a full-time mum is an area, I have helped many women with, and I still often get asked where I start and what I can do.

The aim of this blog post is help you get some essential tips on what you can consider but also look at flexible working options especially if you are a new mum or still want to spend time with your children around your work.

Have a Skills Based CV

Base your CV on the skills you already have. Focus on the key skills you have and not necessarily your current experience. Especially if you have been on maternity or had a career gap. Many of the women I talk to worry about their career gaps. When you send out your CV make sure it highlights your skills so you have so you can make yourself marketable especially if you are struggling to be called for interviews and get the right jobs. To find out more about CVs and different formats please see post I wrote here

Flexible hours

Ask your employer about flexible hours. When you go for an interview ask if there are flexible working hours so that you can fit your job around being a mum or have an option to work from home on certain days. It’s better to know what your work options are as mum before you are offered a job. This way you can have a realistic outcome to your job-hunting journey. Look at businesses that have flexible work opportunities and help working mums. Talented Ladies club have a lot of really great information that can help you further with visit their site here.

Use your network

Look at the network you already have and ask around to see if they have flexible work opportunities you can apply for. If you don’t ask you don’t get. Ask family friends and people, you have previously worked with or are in your industry. If you need to broaden your network join Facebook groups, LinkedIn etc.  Please listen to an episode I did around why you should update your LinkedIn profile which could help you further with this here

It may seem difficult at first but if you this can be something that can really help. I have landed roles through contacts previously as have my clients. Also consider looking at in person networking opportunities like going to job fairs like the MumsNet event work fest even or joining groups on Meetup which will connect you with the right opportunities.

Childcare arrangements

Do you have arrangements in place to help around your working hours? This is an important point to consider because if you need to find a childminder you need to make sure you do this. If you have family near by who can look after or pick up your children from nursery or school this will make you available to jobs where you may need to work longer hours, or can’t necessarily do the school run yourself. I had a client I worked with once who had an amazing work opportunity but her office and child’s school were a too far away and she didn’t have any childcare in place. So, it’s important to consider this. As you need to be realistic about your working life and personal life and merge this in a way that suits your lifestyle.

Working for yourself

Take the time to think about going freelance or starting a business and don’t dismiss it. Especially if you are looking for flexible hours. If you feel you can’t quite return to a full-time job just yet working freelance or starting a business may be an excellent option for you. Platforms like digital mums help train mums up to have a career as a VA or work in social media and the digital world. If you already have a skill like accountancy etc maybe consider working as a freelancer or consider doing short contract roles. If you feel time is a bug bear think about hiring people to help you balance your home life cleaner, VA etc. I also give further tips around helping mums in the podcast episode “tips around restarting your career” to listen please go here

It’s also important to understand your maternity rights as a working mum see this blog post from bright HR that may give you some further insight into this https://www.brighthr.com/articles/leave-and-absence/maternity-leave/

If you want to return to work after becoming a mum you can and it’s about deciding what works for you and how you want to work. It may take a period of adjustment but I hope you take on board some of the tips shared in this post.

If you would like further support and accountability, please book a call with me here to discuss working together.

 

 

Do you feel like you are treated like a resource not a human being?

This was a statement given by someone when I was doing my research on why they were unhappy in their work "I feel like I am treated as a resource and not a human being" Is this how you feel when you at you work be honest even if its not something you really want to admit. I remember I felt a bit like this especially when external colleagues only phoned me to get information. I felt like a information resource and not a colleague.

So I wonder where does this stem from is it office mentality? Your boss? Or is just the fact that you unsatisfied and that work makes us feel this way. Sometimes its the actual people who we work with that make us feel this way and not the job itself. I remember working as a temp somewhere. One day my entire schedule had been changed without me be notified after two weeks of doing the same schedule. It took me nearly two hours to travel there,  I was then told that a new permanent staff member was given preference over me. I was annoyed but more then that I felt like I was treated as an extra part they could access when they needed me not because they actually wanted me there.

Feeling undervalued at work makes us feel all sorts of emotions. Appreciation we all need a little bit or a lot depending on how important this is to us as individuals. A very wise friend of mine once said "Don't expect anything from anyone". I think our expectations are in line with the appreciation we seek from others around us. Do you feel appreciated in you life and work? If the answer is no you may need to ask yourself why?

Many of the clients I speak to feel unappreciated at work. They feel like their managers don't really respect them and colleagues belittle them. Does this sound familiar? Unfortunately this is something I also felt when I  worked in schools. Some of the teachers I worked alongside didn't understand what I did as a careers adviser in the school. I hate to admit this but it did feel like they almost looked down on me. Especially if the word "connexions" was mentioned. At first I thought maybe this just happens to me but when I spoke to other colleagues many of them were actually in the same boat. I realised a lot of this was do with the individual school and how they appreciated careers advice. In one of the schools I in worked I had the headmaster give me referrals, he wanted me involved in the school and put his pupils first.

So what does appreciation feel like to you? Is it feeling valued and as though you are wanted and people are asking for your help. Are you recognised for the good work you do and given extra responsibility. Feeling like a resource goes hand in hand with feeling unappreciated. Give yourself the love you want. If you know deep in your gut your job and career undervalues you, and makes you feel like a resource ask yourself what you can do change this.Only you have the power to change but until you take the action to this it won't happen.

Wishing you all the best 

Soma x