By Kibet Tobias
Have you ever felt like you are being passed over when promotions are happening around you? But what you need to ask yourself is if you are really ready to take that next step in your career?
I have met many professionals who struggle to believe that they’re good at what they do. Lack of career confidence is holding them back in their careers yet they need to get ahead.
With confidence and the right skills, you’re able to clinch that promotion. So, how do you develop confidence to get you noticed at work?
1. You have to take up new manageable challenges
I remember in my first job, my boss once asked me to be scheduling his appointments, responding to client emails and answering phone calls from the customers.. Yes, I was afraid of taking such tasks since they were not in my job description, yet I knew that they would benefit me in the end.
I know it is tough to accept the added duties because most of us just want to do what is outlined in the job description.
Instead of being afraid, make use of your existing skills and go the extra mile to learn new things. As much as you deliver on the added responsibilities, most likely you’ll build trust and your boss will appreciate you. That is how promotion lands on your desk.
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2. Understand your personal strengths and take advantage of them
Think about this. Are you comfortable with your current role? What are your strengths and abilities? You can easily perfect what you are doing by acknowledging your strengths and incorporating them into your job.
But when you’re uncomfortable with what you do, your confidence is negatively affected.
The good news is when colleagues start asking for your assistance in particular projects; know that you are already an expert.
The upper management will notice your contribution and when the time comes you’ll be considered.
3. Understand your weaknesses and work on them
Sometimes weaknesses can negatively reflect on your confidence. This may hold you back.
You need to identify your weaknesses and start working on them. As time goes by, you will learn how to overcome them and this will enhance your confidence. Promotion will not just come; you have to work on your weaknesses and transform them to something meaningful.
4. Demonstrate your leadership abilities
Are you able to lead others effectively? It takes confidence to lead a group of people. As I mentioned earlier, once you recognize your strengths take advantage and show your colleagues how to handle certain projects to accomplishment. Soon, when a higher position arises, you will be the first to be noticed.
In conclusion, confidence at work is very essential when it comes to your productivity and especially job promotion. Use the above tips to guide you in developing your confidence and with time you will be able to handle bigger responsibilities and more pay will come knocking your door.
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