September 04, 2013, 11:43 AM — IT is a career notorious for job-jumping, yet career expert Dan Schawbel says professionals who want to move ahead are better served looking within their current company for career advancement.
Schawbel says the majority of today’s managers are very/extremely willing to assist and support those who want to rise in the organization.
"After you spend at least two years at your job, ask your manager if you can have more responsibilities or to support you if you see a new job posting in your internal job board," he says.
Schawbel literally wrote the book (Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success) on the subject and shares 5 other tips with LinkedIn's Dave Kerpen.
Become an entrepreneur at work
Find new ways to expand your influence and role by tackling projects that can benefit your company, such as areas for improvement or opportunities that have not been explored.
Engage in activities outside of the office
After-hours professional organizations and/or social get-togethers will pay off during the work day, Schawbel says.
Think twice before you Facebook friend your manager
This needs no explanation, right?
Develop your soft skills
Interpersonal communication, presentation/public speaking, conflict resolution, time management and the like are huge differentiators. Two employees can have the exact same technical skills, but if one far outpaces the other on the soft skills side, who do you think will get the nod?
Don't rush to get your MBA
There's a lot of debate regarding advanced degrees among career experts, and Schawbel falls in the "take your time" camp.
"There are certain fields where you need one, such as accounting, but for the most part, you don't," he notes. "An MBA takes a lot of time, time that you could be spending gaining work experience. If you're determined to learn new skills, try an online class or two."