Gone are the days when you can assume your supervisor is aware of your day-to-day activities. Businesses are leanly staffed, which likely means your supervisor has an expanded job description. If you’re competent, it’s easy for a manager to overlook your career aspirations simply because you’re not a problem they have to deal with.
If you want to advance professionally, you need to ask for the job you want and help your manager make a case for you. Do your best work every day and make sure your supervisor is aware of your accomplishments. Let him/her know what you’re doing, what you‘ve done, and where you want to be—and do it all in a tasteful manner. Tone and timing is important. Pick a time when you have your manager’s attention and present your request conversationally. It’s normal to have several conversations so manage your expectations accordingly. You are responsible for your happiness at work, don’t leave it to chance.
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