Are you cynical? Are you jaded? Have you been around the block as staffing professionals, talent acquisition leaders and human resources advisors? You’ve seen it all. You know how the game is played. The fastest way to get promoted and earn more money is to find a new job. When there’s only one VP of HR at your company, and he or she’s not retiring anytime soon, options are limited.
I think it sucks when people have to quit a job to earn more money. If you love your company, why should you have to choose between sticking around or gaining more financially favorable opportunities?
Before you quit, consider these three ways to seize the day, jump to the next tax bracket, and get promoted to the next great opportunity at your company.
1. Be an Advocate for Others.
It’s great that you earned your MBA and learned how to navigate through financial statements. However, when employees are evaluated for leadership potential, they are evaluated on their emotional intelligence. Want to manage relationships judiciously and empathetically? Be an advocate for others. You advance your career interests and look good to “upper management” when you champion good work.
2. Make a Business Case for Change.
I bought my car in 2011, and I want a new one. My husband feels differently. Turns out that my little car is fine, and there’s no compelling reason to make a switch. The only reason to change is my ego.
Just because you’re due for a promotion doesn’t mean it will come your way. You need four to five comprehensive reasons why your promotion will benefit the business, and you need several concrete examples of how your past performance has helped the business to grow. If you are stymied and can’t differentiate your performance from that of your peers, it’s not the time to change.
3. Identify Your Career Path, But Be Flexible.
A promotion doesn’t always mean an immediate raise and a change in title. Sometimes you have to play the long game. I know many HR generalists who grew bored with their roles and pivoted to more challenging work in employer branding. I’ve worked with third-party recruiters who moved into HR roles when they had children. You have better opportunities for promotion if you see your career as a marathon, not a sprint.
If you work for an organization that treats you well but has limited opportunities for upward mobility, try my advice and see if it’s helpful. The best outcome is a new job with more money. The worst thing that can happen is you pad your resume up for your next amazing job.
It’s time for you to have some career-related wins. Good luck!
Are you ready to embrace new HR technologies and change the very nature of HR? How has tech made your job easier? Leave me a comment below!
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