If you're a fast-tracker striving for career advancement like a heat-seeking missile then this is a podcast you can't afford to miss. On this week's episode of Salary Talk, Aaron flies solo in this interview with Donald Asher, author of "Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't and Why" and "Cracking the Hidden Job Market," who deals exclusively with career professionals who aren't happy unless they're earning a promotion every 12-18 months. You'll find out why raises aren't about past performance, being indispensable isn't a good thing and discover why talent is a distant second to timing. Asher's insight into the corporate culture of raises and promotions could have you earning more in no time.
If you're not angling for a promotion every 12-18 months, then you're not on the fast track.
Donald Asher, an internationally recognized author and speaker who has earned the title of "America's Job Search Guru," works with highly successful people who are actively seeking career advancement. The kind of employees who start looking elsewhere if they haven't been promoted after a year, and are gone with the wind by 18 months. And Asher is the one giving them tips to continue moving up the ladder.
Too many people think of a promotion as a reward for past accomplishments. Not so, says Asher, who advises his clients to view promotions as a company's investment for future work. That's why the worker who just pulled off the biggest deal doesn't always get promoted, and explains why you can beat out co-workers who have outperformed you as long as you convince your bosses you're their best bet for the future.
As with most everything, communication is key. Employees need to sit down with their bosses within six months of starting at a job to find out what they need to do to be promoted, and then go out and do it. During that time, make sure you practice sound brand management and realize perception is often reality. So if you're working hard but during off hours when no one is around, you might not get the appreciation you deserve, Asher said.
Timing is everything with raises and promotions. You need to be plugged in and know when big projects or company news is coming. And if you want the promotion or new challenge, you have to available. That means making sure you are NOT indispensable and you can hand off your job duties to take on the next challenge.
Also, for those who have trouble finding a job recently, Asher gives tips regarding getting jobs before they're even posted via networking and personal connections.