by Paul Rudo on 17/05/11 at 4:30 pm
By Tony Deblauwe:
Working hard is only a small part of how promotions occur. In most cases you have to go beyond your day-to-day job duties and connect with a variety of people in the organization. Through your influence, drive, and attitude, you can build a positive trail that will make you invaluable to your boss and peers. Here are some tips on how IT professionals can create a promotable profile.
TRANSLATE IT TO NON-IT
One of the best ways to get promoted in the IT industry, especially to Team lead or Management, is to make system changes and other technical jargon simple for the non-techie IT person to understand. The better your ability to translate complex terminology into everyday value helps others view you as a partner not a roadblock.
CONNECT EFFORTS TO BUSINESS STRATEGY
Probably one of the most challenging parts of IT is connecting technology needs with business realities. We all know that systems need upgrading to be modern, faster, and simpler. But only stating that and listing the number of employee complaints is not enough. Find out what is happening to the business in general. How can the IT department proactively connect user needs and future requirements with the evolution of the company’s strategic imperatives? Get key stakeholders in the company on your side that have the authority and decision making power to support your proposals to connect the importance of IT investments with a more productive business.
DO MORE THAN YOUR ROLE CALLS FOR
Connect with others in the organization and have people understand what your role is and how it’s valuable. Most IT individuals meet people to resolve a problem (and close an incident ticket). Instead, have a blog, lunchtime learning, or other method for showing people how to do everyday tasks better, protect their data, and increase their productivity with technology. The more you reach out and touch people in this way you remain top of mind and appear approachable, friendly, and knowledgeable about what people in the organization need.
When you can document all that things you are doing to help people and the organization outside of your core job duties, your boss will have to take note. People forget the importance of functioning outside their operational box to think about channeling their knowledge to different key organizational areas. When you do that, you get noticed and people will listen to what you have to say. Offering something valuable, proving it can work, and showing the benefits increases the likelihood you will be placed at the front of the line for a more senior position.
Tony Deblauwe is a workplace expert and founder of consulting firm HR4Change and blogs at www.workbabble.com. He is an award-winning author and regular contributor to career social networking sites and he has been quoted in CareerBuilder, The Ladders, TrackAhead, and CBS SmartMoney. Tony lives in Silicon Valley and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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