Have you been in your job role for quite some time, and now you’re looking for advancement? Perhaps you’ve been waiting for your supervisor to offer you a raise or encourage you to step up for a new position.
There are some career best practices you can implement to help you stand out to your manager and senior leadership as a skilled professional ready to take on a higher job role.
Here are some great things you can do to increase your chances of receiving a promotion if you want to take your EHS career to new heights:
1. Document your achievements. Your accomplishments in the workplace don’t always speak for themselves. Because your manager is likely busy with many other responsibilities, he or she isn’t necessarily looking directly at your achievements all the time. Show the impact of your results by thinking about what constitutes “success” in your job role. When you have your next conversation about job performance with your supervisor, you’ll have this information documented, so it will be much easier to make your case for a promotion.
2. Offer to take on more responsibilities. Be willing to step up and help whenever needed to show your supervisor that you can handle additional duties. Demonstrate that you are a quick learner and can help your organization with responsibilities that aren’t necessarily in your job description.
3. Attend an in-person or online training course. Training courses provide you with the tools you need to stay in compliance with the latest regulations and keep your skills up to date. Aarcher Institute offers several classes to help you strengthen your abilities in a variety of important EHS areas. See our upcoming courses.
4. Find mentors who can provide career guidance and advocate for you. Your manager’s belief in you can go a long way, but it’s even better when you have people outside of your immediate team who can endorse your skills and competence level. It will be easier to convince senior leadership that it will benefit the organization to promote you.
5. Obtain a certification. Certifications help to diversify your skills and make them more relevant to emerging challenges in the EHS industry. Pursuing a certification, such as the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), will not only help you keep your skills up to date, but also open you up for a potential promotion and salary increase.
If you’re looking to develop your career as an EHS professional, you need to stand out to your supervisor and other leaders in your company. Increase your chances of getting promoted by following these career best practices.
Adapted from: What to do to better your odds of a promotion, Anisa Purbasari Horton, EHSCareers.