3. Talk with your manager
If you’re already meeting with your manager on a consistent basis, use the meetings as an opportunity to discuss your career path. If you don’t have a weekly meeting, it’s time to set up one, so your manager can stay connected to what you’re doing. Trying to have important career conversations once a year at review time isn’t fair to either one of you! You need to consistently develop the relationship and share accomplishments and concerns as they occur.
4. Ask “If not now, then when?”
If more money or a title change isn’t feasible, ask when it will be, as well as what is possible right now. Are things like a flexible schedule, the ability to telecommute, additional days off, other company perks, or an off-cycle promotion an option? Does your company offer gym memberships or tuition reimbursement? These are all forms of compensation that don’t necessarily involve a promotion.
5. Decide if you can live with the decision
Once a decision is made about your role, only you can decide if you can live with If the answer is yes, keep adding value and learning new skills to stay relevant in your career. If the answer is no, start preparing for a job hunt.
The Innovative AdminTM charts their course.
If you enjoy being an assistant, there are plenty of things you can do to expand your role within your company, even if your official title doesn’t change. Some of these options include:
- Master the skills you need now, but also engage in learning skills you’ll need in the future. The more marketable you are, the more prepared you’ll be to advocate for yourself.
- Develop your business acumen. Know what’s going on in your office, company, and You don’t have to know every little detail about everything but make an effort to stay current as much as possible.
- Train and mentor others. This is also a fantastic way to stay visible and share your
- Get certified in a marketable skill – such as Microsoft Office programs, event planning, office management, or project management. The certification can enhance your value to your executive and
When it comes to the admin profession, the opportunities are endless! Whether you choose to look at expanding your role in your current position or seek out a place where you can better showcase your talents, there will always be an extra rung to take you higher up the career ladder…you just have to be ready to climb.
Julie Perrine is an administrative expert, author, speaker, and all-around procedures pro. She is the founder and CEO of All Things Admin, a company dedicated to developing innovative products, training, and resources for administrative professionals worldwide.