“Never forget this: you can never assume people will automatically realize your worth” (Laura Stack). While our work speaks for itself, it may not speak loud enough, or people may not be listening. How do you take control of the review process and ultimately your raises and promotions? Ed Tate shared some great tips:
Track your success weekly. One of the major obstacles we run in to is that when we write our reviews, we are trying to remember 6-12 months of contributions. The chances of capturing all your successes decrease substantially when we don’t track them regularly. Take time every week and record your accomplishments. Then they are at the ready at review time.
Handling your peers. When you share your contributions with your peers because they are something your peers can leverage, share them authentically and transparently. If you do this, it won’t appear you have a hidden agenda or that you are trying to one-up those you work with. Remember, not all your peers may like you, but manage the relationship in a positive way, and keep your focus on the goals you have set for your career.
Own your career. Don’t just let your career happen to you. You need to take responsibility and accountability for the direction your career takes. Do this through creating your own career goals, and never apologize for your career success.