It’s very hard to find someone who says that is satisfied with its current position at their company, or someone who doesn’t want to move forward on their career. But the majority of people just get confused on how to show their real intentions, and consequently, getting a raise or a promotion.
First of all, what’s the plan for your career?
Since everybody want to grow, they probably know where to go, right? It’s not the reality for the majority of people.
A friend of mine once told me that he had a very detailed plan to grow in their company. He works at Coke and wanted it to sell 50% more in two years. That would be great, and I guess that if he manage to achieve that, he would make huge steps to be the next cover of Forbes maybe. But the plan had no sense. He planned to create what he called Coke’s Uber, where someone would just ask for a Coke using their phone. The mistake was that he forgot it already exists and is called pizza delivery.
Do you feel like your career will be like a technical professional for the next 20 or 30 years? Then the plan may be to become a technical leader. Or do you like the customer relationship? Maybe you want to change to an administrative or commercial area and then make there your name.
It’s very important that this plan come from you, otherwise you could get frustrated in few years. If you don’t plan for yourself, other people will do, but lets say you REALLY don’t know where to start: a good starting point about this plan could be: understanding your organization needs for your current position and ask yourself: do you perform it perfectly? Is it very unusual to hear problems coming from your position? If that’s true, it’s time to think bigger. How can you make your same tasks in a much more efficient way? Where can you contribute to the organization’s big plans? You do want to be different from the rest of the team and show that you are doing even more!
Just to be very clear: the truth for all of this alternatives is that you must never stop qualifying yourself, no matter what happens.
Make it clear to your organization where you are heading to
Nothing will change if you have a great plan, but can’t practice it. First think to yourself about what is needed to start practicing your plan. Then you must be very clear to your current leaders about your intentions. Ask for a moment to talk about career and then try to understand the organization expectations with you. This is the moment where you will find a match between your plan and the organization needs. A good way to conduct this conversation: “I have this plan (the one you created before), it includes this goals, this tasks and this milestones, and I want to understand how does it fits to this organization. How can I add value here? What can I do to evolve it and evolve myself here?”. If you have good leaders will you probably get feedbacks and suggestions on your plans because of their knowledge on market and on how the organization works. They will probably help you with some advises and to map the doors where you should knock.
By doing that, the result probably will be a plan committed with you and your leader to develop yourself. Be addicted to that. If you have new responsibilities or new tasks to do besides the regular ones, it will be a challenge to find time to focus on your plan. Make it happen trying to be more efficient about your own time. Go for time management practices and set your priorities the right way. If you don’t have time to do something, it means it’s not your priority.
The magical formula
What I can get from this big text is that the magical formula to get a raise or a promotion is getting more responsibilities. If you are a good professional, you probably already have a good income and gets paid for what you do. If you want more than that, the magical formula is to contribute more and more to your organization. And here is where your plan starts.