Q: Who is the intended audience?
A: It is written for any front-line employee wishing to advance into management or someone in a management role believing that they should have been promoted. It’s also sound advice for someone in middle-management looking to continue to move up the corporate ladder.
Q: What is the book about?
A: Why Haven’t I Been Promoted? Because You Interview for Your Next Job Everyday empowers readers with effective advice for taking full advantage of those golden employment opportunities anytime they come knocking. The strategies include dos and don’ts that lead step-by-step up the corporate ladder. It breaks down the issue into multiple aspects, covering topics such as experience, goals, personal development, communications, results and even first impressions. It also addresses what to do when you get an interview and even how to handle the promotion rejection, should it occur.
“Why haven’t I been promoted?” is a common question in the business world. Many individuals feel confused. They have completed all the training, led projects, volunteered for extra responsibilities and did what they thought needed to be done, but still no promotion.
It’s not a simple equation. Your day to day activities, your results, your interactions, the way you present yourself are all things that can either help you or hurt you in advancing your career.
I have said many times that your career path is your individual responsibility, not that of your manager or your company. It’s not their job to make you what they want you to be. It’s your job to make yourself what they need. There is a huge difference between wants and needs. Your parents probably told you that growing up. Well, you know what, they were absolutely right. You have to take ownership of your growth and development, and don’t expect someone else to plan your career for you.
Q: Why are you the best person to write this book?
A: I have over 20 years of management experience for Fortune 50 companies such as Wal-Mart and CVS Caremark, managing as many as 450 employees at a time. I received my bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and my MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Over the past twenty-plus years that I have been in management, I’ve come to realize that it’s not just completing the task that gets you to the next level. From my experience, there are a lot of factors that should be taken into consideration for a promotional opportunity. There may be multiple reasons why you haven’t been promoted. But you can only impact the ones that you have control over.
Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic?
A: Why Haven’t I Been Promoted? is written from the company’s perspective, not the employee’s. What an employee believes is not always in line with what the company expects. It explains how your career path is your responsibility, not that of your manager or company. It stresses the importance of building relationships in advance by establishing a rapport with influential co-workers. And it answers the money question: Is it more who you know or what you know?
You interview for your next job every day. Plain and simple. That’s the key to getting promoted, but most people eliminate themselves from promotional opportunities without realizing it.
By following the advice in the book, readers will finally understand why they have been passed over for promotions they thought they deserved, and more importantly, they can confidently start laying the groundwork for their next job or promotion.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about this book?
A: Start setting yourself up for your next job today. Don’t wait until there is an opening and you apply. Your words, actions, results, and impressions up to that point might be what eliminate you from the opportunity. You might not even get an interview. They aren’t going to spend a lot of time putting you through the process if your track record tells them you aren’t the right choice.
Obviously I can’t guarantee you that next big promotion. But what I can promise you is that if you truly follow the advice in this book, you won’t eliminate yourself from those golden opportunities when they happen. Each of the assets and skills discussed in this book are things that you will benefit from in your professional life as well as your personal life. They are all 100 percent transferable, and will work with any type of business environment and at any level in the organization. It doesn’t matter if it is sales, operations, manufacturing, marketing, or even finance, each of these key suggestions will make you more valuable to the company. Once you have developed in many of these areas, you may find opportunities in areas that you never thought would interest you. Having transferable assets gives you that chance to make a change. They might open doors that you never knew existed. Areas that used to be foreign to you can now become a terrain of opportunities. Having all of these assets creates unlimited possibilities. That is the beauty of the business world. Leaders develop and evolve through numerous paths.
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