Go Beyond Your Do To List When Seeking a Promotion

Recently, I had the opportunity to provide my thoughts on what it takes today for women seeking promotional opportunities.

The article Positioning Yourself for Promotion offers a variety of great ideas from several Purposeful Women in the work force today.

In case you didn’t read the article, here are my thoughts on your to-do list:

As companies continue to condense staff and ask more of their employees, it can be difficult to dig out from your task list to actively plan a career strategy that prepares you for promotion. This is especially true for women who have many demands outside the workplace, according to JJ DiGeronimo, president of career and leadership strategy firm Purposeful Woman. “Often women are just trying to get done what is on their to-do list,” she  says.

But focusing on your to-dos while neglecting the strategic aspect of earning a promotion can be a mistake. “Working hard all of the time—e.g., ‘I don’t have time to go to lunch’—is not the way to get promoted,” says Terach. “Be friendly with the people in power. This means going to company events, impromptu lunches, etc.”

DiGeronimo notes that another effective way to position yourself for promotion is to focus on a desired skill with the goal to be an expert. “Find something that is in demand and work to learn everything you can about it,” she says. “Strive toward being the go-to for this topic.”

Being known for a particular area of your business is a great way to position yourself as the expert. Google is also supporting this effort with the Authorship component of Google+. Be known as an authority in your field by sharing best practice ideas, examples of techniques and tips that work and make sure your name is attributed to your online expertise.

 also offers great advice for Purposeful Women seeking a promotion in her article How to Nail that Promotion You Are Seeking.

Jacqueline Smith, a contributor to Forbes, offers a few warning tips in her article 16 Mistakes Employees Make When Trying to Get Promoted. like trying too hard.

There are many things to consider when striving for a new position or when seeking a promotion. Spend a little time reviewing these great resources before you take you first step.