This Stops People From Being Promoted

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This stops people from being promotedHave you always had this goal of moving up the career ladder through the years? If so, now’s probably the right time to evaluate your actions in order to get closer to your goal of being promoted.

Here's something common that stops people from being promoted:

They "hang out" with the wrong people.

Maybe you've heard that old Jim Rohn quote: "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with."

Many folks roll their eyes when they hear this -- and I'll admit, it is a bit of cliche -- but there's a lot of truth behind these words.

One of the best things you can do, right now, to dramatically increase your chances of being promoted is to start spending more time around leaders.

Why?

Two reasons: (1) the way they think about the things and see the world will start to rub off on you, and others (i.e. your boss) will notice; and (2) they can give you a leg up to the next rung on the career ladder, either by coaching you informally, making connections, or both.

How do you make friends and start "hanging out" with leaders?

Try these:

First, volunteer for a company task force or special project. Most workplaces have at least one, such as a recruiting team, a green initiative, or a new product development. It could even be your company's party committee. They organize Christmas parties and stuff. I know that sounds funny. But. you'll not only demonstrate initiative and spend time around people who take action and make things happen, but you'll also gain access to higher level leaders, at least indirectly.

Second, serve in a volunteer leadership position in your community. One great one is to be on a non-profit board. Believe it or not, many executives and company directors also serve on these boards. You can build some powerful relationships, even friendships, and spend time around people who hold other positions of power in their "day job".

Getting a promotion just doesn’t happen overnight. Try brushing shoulders and hanging out with the leaders to get a glimpse of their perspective in life. You’ll be surprised how much you will be learning from them in the long run.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.