Northeastern British Columbia



Communication for Moving Up

If you have been following the guidelines in this handbook, you are already demonstrating that you are doing a wonderful job. But simply waiting for someone to notice doesn't always work. Here are some ways to communicate that you are an exemplary employee.

Evaluation:  If your employer has regular staff evaluations do a self evaluation first. Be prepared to say where you think you have improved and what you would like to continue to work on - preferably something beyond the scope of your current job.

Ask for feedback:  If no formal evaluation process exists ask for general feedback. Or ask for feedback on a specific task or area of responsibility. Be prepared to receive and appreciate criticism calmly.

Ask about training:  Ask your employer for advice regarding courses you could take to enhance your skills. If in-house training is offered, sign up. Ask if you can get some hands-on training in another area or department to expand your skills.

Ask about openings:  If there are openings in other areas, on different shifts or in alternative positions enquire about them. Let your employer know if you are flexible enough to make a change.

Ask for advice:  Your employer, or a coworker in a senior position, will be happy to give you their opinions -- on your career, on how to do the job, on how to get ahead.

Report accomplishments:  Keep a list of accomplishments and let others know when you have mastered a task, completed a course or received praise from a customer.

Keep communication open:  Regular communication with your employer is one way to ensure that your name comes up when new opportunities arise.

Respect time and space:  Ask if it is a good time to talk. Don't simply hang around and wait if someone is on the phone or with another. Keep conversations at work short and to the point.