Make 2021 the Year Of Professional Improvement and Finally Get That Promotion

At long last, 2020 is finally in the rearview mirror. Of course, this doesn’t mean the COVID-19 pandemic is over, but the incoming vaccine serves as hope some semblance of normalcy will return this year. This means it’s time to start focusing on growing your career again. 

Chances are, you felt a bit like you were treading water last year. The pandemic caused so many changes, and you probably didn’t feel like you could add vying for a promotion to the mix. Now that everyone has adjusted to the new normal and hope is on the horizon, here’s some advice to help you make 2021 the year you move up the ladder. 

Adapt to Pandemic-Related Changes 

Last year was all about adjusting many  or most  aspects of your job to function in the pandemic era. While the bulk of the changes are behind you, plenty still lies ahead. As new efficiencies are identified and things start to resume to normal post-vaccine, they’ll be more shifts to your daily routine. Realize this is inevitable and take them in stride. Making things easier for everyone around you will show your manager you’re ready for the next step. 

Take Advantage of Online Learning 

You’re probably spending a lot more time at home right now, so take this opportunity to grow your skillset. There’s no shortage of online courses available, making it easier than ever to boost your knowledge. Whether you pursue a degree, certification, or just learn a few new skills, taking the initiative now will help boost your case for a promotion. 

Ask for More Responsibility 

You like your current job, but you know you can do more. Decide what tasks you want to take on and ask your boss to be assigned to them. If you prove you can handle added responsibility, your manager will be more likely to promote you. This is a big decision on their part, so taking the initiative to show them what you’re capable of can make all the difference. 

Position Yourself as a Leader 

If you get a promotion, your new position will have a higher profile. Start demonstrating your leadership skills now to show the positive influence you can have on the team. For example, you can help boost morale, lead by example, and always strive to do your best work. This will cause your peers to look to you for guidance, which won’t go unnoticed by your boss. 

Pitch In Where You’re Needed 

From your manager’s perspective, promoting you is about what you can offer the team  not what it will do for your career. Demonstrate your commitment to the team by lending a helping hand where it’s needed. This might involve taking a few tasks off an overworked colleague’s plate or volunteering for a task no one else wants to do. 

The new year is here, and there’s no better time to start searching for new career opportunities. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you find your next behavioral health position, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at info@psychpros.com. 

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