Best Foot Forward - Week 4: Promotion Committee Criteria

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Treasa Fitzgibbon and Nicole Meyer co-hosted a 6-week Career Navigation Series in the Fall of 2020. Series attendees identified their strengths, wrote an impactful resume, and learned how to interview. Treasa and Nicole also gave advice for optimizing performance in any position including how to position yourself for promotion, how to advance women in the workplace, and moving into taking action to fully control their careers.

For the fourth week, Nicole and Treasa focused on debunking the myths surrounding promotion committees at banks. It is a common misconception that if you keep your head down and work hard people will notice all you do and you will be rewarded for it. Unfortunately, that is seldom the case. In most corporate environments, working hard and accomplishing goals are the bare minimum.

Promotion committees are looking for individuals who stand out. The best things to do to get noticed by a committee are to hone your leadership skills, take ownership of key projects, solve problems, show enthusiasm and—perhaps most importantly—make sure your accomplishments in each of these areas are visible. That said, there is a fine line between boasting your accomplishments and making sure the proper people are seeing all you do for your team, department and company.

One major tool for gauging whether you are being recognized for your accomplishments is asking in a performance review. Showing your interest in a promotion might just get you the guidance you need to advance your career.

If you are looking for a promotion, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you ‘own’ entire projects?
  • Do you raise the performance of your team / colleagues?
  • How are you benefiting the company?
  • Do you create a resilient, positive environment?
  • Do you make your boss’ job easier?
  • Are you an exceptional asset?
  • Have you made your boss aware that you want to get promoted?
  • Have you discussed what you need to do to achieve this?

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