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Ladies, It's Not Bragging. It's Self-Promoting

Ladies, It's Not Bragging. It's Self-Promoting

Abby Locke | Executive Career Insights

2) Meet with your boss more frequently

Make an appointment with your immediate boss every three to six months to review accomplishments, discuss upcoming projects and ensure that your individual progress is in line with departmental and corporate objectives.

How many of you have walked into performance reviews and been blown away by the feedback?

3) Chronicle your career accomplishments

Don’t wait until the end of the year to remember everything you have done or expect your boss to remember. Create a personal “kudos” file that contains your contributions to recent projects, standout accomplishments, recent education or training, speaking engagements, special assignments and more.

I cannot tell you the amount of professional women I have worked with that have forgotten or lost track of their career achievements over the years – yes, you can really forget them!

4) Pursue continuous learning

Technology moves at the speed of light these days and constantly changes how we work – make sure that you are abreast of technology and industry trends.

• Are there new certifications, advanced courses or a new degree that you should be pursuing?

• Are there gaps in your experience or areas of expertise that can be solved with a new class or training program?

Your recent training and new knowledge base can validate your case for a promotion.

5) Share your accomplishments in meetings

Don’t be afraid to support your suggestions or recommendations for a new solution in your department by making reference to a recent success that you have had – try something like this, “I am confident that my idea would work because I applied the same concept recently when I spearheaded a $5-million marketing project…”

6) Maintain a strong internal and external brand reputation

There is no excuse if you are still behind the ball when it comes to online identity and career brand management – you should have the basics including a LinkedIn profile, VisualCV, Google bio profile and Zoominfo.

It is critical that not only your immediate boss is aware of your value proposition, but also the company’s vendors and clients. You can be specially selected to work on a high profile project, if your brand reputation and stream of achievements are well known.

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