Yes, Employers Often Prefer to Promote from Within

Mary writes:
How do most employers feel about promotion from within with on-the-job experience
and/or combination of experience with educational degrees? Thanks for any advice you can provide.

The Career Doctor responds:
Many employers would much rather promote from within because the people they
are considering for the new position are known to management. When companies
recruit new employees from outside the company they always risk hiring someone
who does well in the job interview but then performs horribly on the job.
Some career experts say that the day you start a new job you should begin planning
for your next job/promotion.
So if you are looking to position yourself for a promotion take heart knowing that if you have done well in your current position — and have been in it long enough — that you
should seriously be considered for the new position.
Some quick tips for you as you devise your plan for the promotion:

  • talk it over with your mentor
  • quantify your accomplishments
  • ask for more responsibilities
  • acquire new knowledge and skills
  • be a team player
  • create your own opportunities

And remember: even if the company does not promote you for this position you will
have made your case and shown your initiative creativity and value to the firm — and
these things can only help you the next time you request or apply for a promotion.
Learn more in my article published on Quintessential Careers:
Moving Up the
Ladder: 10 Strategies for Getting Yourself Promoted
And don’t forget to review all the workplace
we have available on Quintessential Careers.


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