By Liz Ryan
I’m trying to decide whether or not to apply for an internal promotion at my job.
I think I could do the job. It’s a Major Accounts Team Leader job.
I’ve never been a supervisor or team lead before but I think I would be good at it.
My hesitation comes from the fact that if I apply for the Major Accounts job and don’t get it, my manager might start to see me as a short-timer.
I’m not the top performer (by the numbers) in our department but I’m in the upper tier and my clients love me. I like to suggest process improvements. I like to coach and train people.
I can’t decide what to do. My job right now appears to be very secure.
If I get the promotion that would be great, but I’m sure there are other people applying for it. If somebody else gets the job, I’m not sure what my next step would be.
What do you advise?
There’s a reason you started thinking about the Major Accounts Team Leader job.
Something inside you asked “Maybe I should pursue this opportunity. I might be a good Team Leader.” Listen to that small voice inside you!
I encourage you to apply for the Major Accounts Team Leader job. It can only be a powerful learning experience, whether you get the promotion or not.
If you get the job, you’ll learn a tremendous amount, burnish your resume and get a bigger paycheck.
If you don’t get the job, you’ll learn something anyway. You’ll learn how confidently you can interview these days. You’ll establish some new relationships or strengthen existing ones.
If you don’t get the job, it’s not a big deal.
If you’re worried that your manager might see you as a short-timer, you can simply let your manager know that you really like the company and would love to step into a leadership role when it’s appropriate.
Keep in mind that good companies want their employees to move up. They encourage people to apply for internal promotions. If your boss can’t deal with the fact that you eventually want to grow in your career, then he or she is not the right boss for you.
Here are ten signs you’re ready for a promotion — and ten signs you’re not:
Ten Signs You’re Promotable
1. You know your current job well.
2. You’re a responsible, reliable employee.
3. You are known for your good judgment.
4. You are a great teammate, respected by your peers.
5. You are sensitive to the other people’s needs. You are not the type to gossip, criticize your co-workers or get upset easily.
6. You are a problem-solver.
7. You have made useful suggestions on the job.
8. You like to organize projects and teams.
9. You are confident enough to tell the truth, even to managers above you.
10. You feel that as a new manager you’d have a lot to learn but also a lot to teach.
Ten Signs You’re Not Promotable
1. It would be great to get promoted, because you’d earn more money — in fact, money is the number one reason you’re interested in getting promoted.
2. You do your job, but you also keep up with office gossip and you don’t mind sharing a few choice words about the managers when they’re not around.
3. You see no reason to do more than the minimum requirements of the job.
4. You like the idea of being able to tell other people what to do.
5. If you were promoted to a management job, you can already identify the employees you’d put on probation or try to get rid of.
6. You would never tell your boss if they were mistaken about something, because why argue with the boss?
7. You only started taking your job seriously the day you applied for an internal promotion.
8. You feel that a supervisor’s job is to keep their employees in line.
9. You like making rules, so a management job would be perfect for you.
10. You believe strongly that your opinions are the best opinions. If you become a supervisor, you won’t have to listen to anyone else’s opinions —you’ll make all the decisions!
If you fit most of the criteria on the first list and none of the items on the second list, go ahead and apply for the Team Leader job.
If you don’t get the job, sit down with your manager and talk about your road map for the next couple of years. It’s never a bad idea to sync up with your boss where your career plans are concerned.
Whatever happens with the Major Accounts job, your muscles are growing!
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