Career Advancement

Written by Serena Berger
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Sometimes the company for whom you have been working will simply not have a position into which you can advance. Even if you are highly qualified and have been an exemplary employee, the fact of the matter is that the higher you rise, the fewer jobs there are. If the people in those jobs aren't moving on or retiring, your boss probably can't promote you to a new position.

If you just want to get paid more money for doing the same thing, you can try to negotiate a raise. If you want new responsibilities and challenges as well as more money, you need to advance your career. If your employer can't help you do that, then you have to consider searching for a job somewhere else. In this position, you're relatively lucky because you can take the time to search for a new job while you still have the security of your current position.

Resources for Career Advancement

If you are a good employee who is a victim of standard corporate pyramid structure, your employer may actually be supportive of (or at the very least, understanding about) your attempts to advance elsewhere. You should not hesitate to take advantage of your employer as a resource for getting you an interview or giving you information about other job openings. Since networking remains the most effective tool for career advancement, you should do your best to determine whether your employer will be willing to recommend you or make some calls on your behalf. Chances are that he or she knows a number of people at other companies from college or previous jobs, and one of them may be your future boss.

If you're on your own looking for ways to advance your career, the Internet is probably your best resource. You can upload a single resume to apply for multiple jobs listed on the same site, or browse positions which are available in a variety of geographic locations. There are emerging virtual job fairs and video conferences which give you the opportunity to present yourself in person--which, for a good candidate, is often a great opportunity.

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