Taking the first job that you’re offered just to get your foot in the door could be the worst decision that you can make in your career and you might not even realize it until it’s too late.
The thing is, the mistake that most people make (and you may be in danger of doing this too) is that they think that once they get their foot in the door then they can easily move forward and get promoted after that because now they’re in!
But that’s not the case…
Because when you get into that role and you start kicking butt, taking names, doing a fantastic job, the employers say to themselves, why move her?
She’s doing so well right where she is.
We need to keep her in that role.
But the thing is, there are ways to set yourself up for a promotion right from the beginning before you even accept the job offer.
And by not being aware of these things you could actually be keeping yourself in a career rut.
I get why you might believe this because it’s easy to fall into that trap.
But the truth is, by not setting yourself up from the beginning to choose the right roles you are likely missing out on potentially thousands of dollars worth of income and you could get stuck in a position where there’s no room for you to grow because you’re just doing so well where you are.
If taking any job just to get your foot in the door was the answer, then everyone who did this would easily rise to the top quickly.
But we all know that’s not what happens.
In fact, by choosing to continue to believe this it means that you could be holding yourself back majorly with what you have the potential to accomplish in your career.
So how do you set yourselves up for promotion right from the beginning?
You start with making sure you’re choosing the right position at the right company in the first place.
Knowing how to identify the right fit for you instead of just accepting the first thing that comes along you need to take charge and put yourself in a position to choose what will serve you best moving forward and you need to always be a step ahead of the curb.
You need to start looking for the key signs that a role is or isn’t going to meet your long term career goals.
Do you really want to take a role that isn’t right for you and soon after find yourself stuck in a lower paid mediocre position with no room for growth?
Or do you want to set yourself up for success from the beginning by choosing the right company and the right role and taking the right actions to move quickly to get promoted.
I’m Natalie Fisher, I’m a speaker, a coach to new grads.
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