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How to Get Promoted

If you're an ambitious person and want to get ahead in your career, there are a number of things that you should consider and that you need to do.

First of all, you should be certain that you're in the right career for you and that you work at a company that prefers promoting its employees to hiring from the outside. To be in the right career means that you're good at what you do and that you enjoy it.

Secondly, you should be approachable and friendly towards everyone with whom you come in contact on the job.

Make an Informed Decision

Some people are skilled at getting job offers and, therefore, think nothing of starting, yet, another job search that could have been avoided if they had taken the time to research the company that extended them an offer, found outexactlywhat the position entails, learned as much as possible about the person or people to whom they'll be reporting, discovered why the position has become available, asked to speak with people at the company who have the same or a similar position, and requested the contact information of a couple or, at least, one of the people who had the position, but left the company or moved to another position within the company.

Hard Work Brings Serendipity

A while back, my chiropractor asked me how I get clients. My response was "Serendipity". That's only partially true though. 

If you work hard marketing, networking, getting the word out about your company any way you know how, serendipity kicks in. For example, I sent marketing letters to big-firm attorneys for a year. I didn't get much work from my efforts: two attorneys hired me for errands and another attorney hired me to get a famous artist's signature on his book at a book signing.

Why I Like and Use Linkedin ProFinder

I don't know about you, but when the weather is spring-like, I sometimes have trouble focusing on work. I want to go for long walks, listen to the birds chirping, watch the tulips push their way slowly but steadily into sight, and hear the squeals of delight from toddlers and little children enjoying themselves in the park.

That's what Iwant to do. What I actuallydo is control my desire to be outside, playing, and concentrate on work.

I use a few platforms to quote on projects. These days, my favorite platform is LInkedin ProFinder, a.

Always Be Available

Anyone who is a small business owner or a professional will tell you that he has a lot of competition. It's true. There are many ways to distinguish oneself from one's competition, however, one of the best ways is to be available 24/7. I can hear the pushback and it's deafening! "Nobody should have to work 24/7!" "Are you crazy?" "Aren't I entitled to have a life?"

I'm not saying that you shouldwork24/7: I'm saying that you should be available 24/7.

#ProFinder Contest

Very few people start a business the year that they become eligible for Medicare. I launched my small business, Accentuating Service, 6 days before my 65th birthday! Since my new business incorporated some of the elements of my prior business,I wasn't entirely entering unchartered territory, however, my new business included an unfamiliar field -- that of providing concierge services. Furthermore, my prior business didn't require me to become my own SEO expert or to write blog and social media posts as I was well-known in my former profession of legal recruiting.

Be Unforgettable

We all like to think that we make an impact on others and that we are memorable. The problem is that many folks meet and interact with so many people, even in one year's time, that it's highly unlikely that they can remember everyone whom they've met.

That's why it's essential for business owners to keep their and their company's names in front of past, current, and potential clients on a regular basis.

There are a number of ways to remind clients of your existence. You can do as I do and send ecards on a regular basis; you can send regular newsletters; you can send articles of interest and/or invitations to events that would interest your clients; you can take your clients for lunch or drinks, etc.

Is Entrepreneurship For You?

There is, and has been, a huge movement of people into entrepreneurship. Employees sometimes think that they know more than their employers do and, sometimes, they do. They also tire of reporting to someone else and having little control over their lives. Sometimes, good employees lose their jobs and have trouble finding a comparable position in a down job market.

There are many reasons to consider starting your own business, however, entrepreneurship isn't for everyone.

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you need to have a number of talents or enough money to hire people who can do the things that you either don't know how to do or don't want to learn how to do.

How to Be a Favored Employee

Some people think that their boss shows favoritism. They're probably right. Small businesses and departments of large businesses are like families: there's the authority figure, i.e., the boss and the children, i.e., the employees. Some bosses might be taken in by flattery, but I strongly suspect that they are in the minority.

Bosses can't help but favor employees who do a good job and who are cooperative. Demanding employees who are always negotiating and who feel that it's their right to criticize the boss are the employees who will not be given the best assignments and who will be asked to leave, first, during a business downturn.

Take Good Care of Your Steady Customers/Clients

I had lunch, today, in one of my favorite local restaurants and the service was deplorable. I have lunch, at least, once a week in this restaurant and the service is normally very good.

Today, I was put in a most uncomfortable position: I was made to feel invisible by my waitress. I had to ask a busboy to get me a waiter/waitress and once she took my order, she never again made eye contact with me or came over to ask me how everything was. I even had to ask a different waiter for the check!

I'm, typically, a decent tipper, however, today, I gave the tip that was deserved.
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