If your career seems to have stalled out and you feel stuck in a middle-management role than maybe it’s time for a change. Getting that promotion can be tough, particularly if you keep getting passed over. If you want to look competitive when upper-level promotions come around, there are a few things you can do to boost your chances.
Dress for Success
It’s simple enough, but many employees forget how critical appearance can be to their employers. Odds are if you don’t look like upper-level management then you’re never going to be upper-level management. Observe how the current upper-level managers dress, then try and model your personal wardrobe on their’s. Looking the part can sometimes be half the battle.
Go Back to School
As financially and mentally difficult as school can be, sometimes a lack of higher education can be a major roadblock in your path to career success. If you have the means, you can take a few years off to get a MBA or other related business degree. However, for those already in the middle of their career something like an Executive Masters in Business Administration from DU is more feasible. An executive MBA (or EMBA) allows you to continue your career working full-time while also earning a Masters in Business Administration on the side. The EMBA programs tend to be geared towards those who have ten years or more on the job and need further education to advance their careers, making the EMBA—in this case—a perfect option.
Understand Upper-Level Management
The problem with much of middle-management is that they don’t understand how difficult upper-level management can be. Try and understand what your superiors fill their days doing, and how you would fit into their position. Furthermore, and understanding upper-level management will give you a chance to demonstrate to your superiors that you are perfectly capable of handling an increased measure of responsibility. Middle-mangers are often held in their position for fear of what’s known as the Peter principle, which states that in a meritocratic organization (such as a business hierarchy) members of that organization will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability. Or in other words, they will rise to a level of incompetence. Upper-management will often keep middle-managers in the middle out of fear that further promotion may rise them to a level of incompetence. Do what you can to demonstrate that you are overly competent for your current position, and that in no way will you be incompetent in upper-level management.