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How to develop a promotion opportunity (for those still employed)

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Even in these hard economic times, promotional opportunities abound.
The advantages of internal recruitment for the employer, the company and you include lower costs in staff location, increased morale, reduced disruption levels, and perhaps most important of all, retaining and growing deserving talent.
You're going to need a good or excellent work record at your company, confidence, a list of the positions you're interested in, and a sense of graciousness if you don't get the position.
Here's what to do:

1. Be aware of the jobs that have become available-Check for
current openings on the company web site, the breakroom or hallway/corridor
postings.
You may even hear about something through word-of-mouth or inadvertently
said!

2. Take note of all your skills to determine which positions you may
be qualified for. Ask yourself:

What do I REALLY like to do or enjoy?
Prefer working solo or as a team?
Do you want to follow directions or direct others?
Prefer working indoors or outdoors?
What are my WORK skills?
What skills have I gained from hobbies, sports or volunteering?
What skills have I learned in school (or via online)?
Prefer mental or physical work?
Any special talents or major achievements?
How do you solve problems,organize data, etc.?
Consider visiting the departments where there are vacancies; talk to workers
there regarding their job requirements.

3. Now, actually apply for the position. You may want to talk to your
current supervisor or manager beforehand, explaining your interest (and the
supervisor can put in a good word for you). It's ALWAYS a good thing to keep
your current supervisor abreast of the situation.
Most likely, your company will interview and select among "insiders" first,
before outside help. To help further your cause, make a list of achievements
and results.
Show how your role has expanded (Did you take on more responsibility? Were
you able to help translate for some foreign clients? Wrote a company article
that was published or used as an important industry prototype or standard?).
Include any positive feedback that you've received from your boss, clients or
other co-workers.

4. Be sure to send a follow-upthank you" letter or e-mail (depending on the situation) to reinforce your interest in the potential new job.

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