Just doing your job, even doing it well, is not enough anymore to be deserving of a promotion or to get noticed for your work. You need to consistently be improving your skills, and contributions to your team and the business.
If you are serious about moving your career forward then it is time to bring your A-game. Raise your hand in those meetings and speak up before you’re asked to. Take charge of your career with these simple tips to demonstrate to your boss your potential.
We couldn’t cover every possible angle for how to take your fashion career to the next level in just one post! This article is part of an 8 part Fashionable Promotion Series. If you want to learn how to work faster and smarter than your peers then check out the other articles that are part of this series at the bottom of the page. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook group called PickGlass Fashionable Careers. See you there!
1. Take Initiative
The worse thing you can do for your career is to sit back and wait for your boss to tell you what to do. If you have been in a role for a while you should be well versed in what next steps are. Get ahead of the work or take any slow periods to work on new ideas or get a jump start on the next project.
If you are new to a position, I highly recommend creating a notebook I call your Fashion PlayBook. This is a binder where you literally write down every single step of instruction you have to do to get your job done. This helps you not have to ask the same questions over and over. Some things you don’t have to do very often so it is easy to forget the steps. Write it down! It also helps you see the big picture of your role. You see what is next to be done. You see where there might be gaps and ways that can be improved upon.
2. Contribute Your Own Ideas & Suggestions
My boss put it best when he explained that there are “executers” and then there are “leaders”. Executors, although good at their jobs, just do what they are told. They are no the ones coming up with the new ideas or thinking outside the box.
Leaders, on the other hand, are not afraid to argue their point of view and suggest new ways of working. Showing that you have well thought out ideas and you are able to present them to your team or boss will show you are a thought leader.
Offering your ideas and suggestions during meetings or just among your peers shows that you are engaged in your role and are contributing to the business.
3. Make Improvements to the Process
Have you ever been in a job where they tell you to do something that is completely inefficient? Worse, when you ask why they say “This is the way we’ve always done it.” Ugh!
People get noticed who make big changes. So when you sit down to do your work try to think “Is this the best way to do this job?” Or, “How Can I do this task better or faster?”
Think of better ways to do your job or how you can improve the department. Write your ideas down. Go talk them over with some of your co-workers to get their feedback. They may have insights that you are unaware of that could be the root cause of the bottleneck. Once you have a sound concept make the suggestions to your boss. Even if they aren’t always implemented, the initiative will be recognized and appreciated.
4. Train Your Replacement
In the fashion industry, you can’t move up if there is no one there to take your place. Don’t feel threatened if you are asked to train someone else to do your job. If you don’t, you might be holding yourself back from a big promotion. Read Why You Should Train Your Fashion Replacement.
By demonstrating that you are a team player and are able to properly train someone you are showing your leadership skills. Not to mention that your own teammates will see you as an expert in that area and will go to you for advice.
5. Educate Yourself On The Skills Needed To Move Up
It is always crucial to stay up on the latest skills needed for your industry. Technology is always changing! However, I am talking about getting new skills for the job you want; not the one you have. Depending on your field this might mean computer skills or management skills.
Show your boss you are ready for your next challenge by seeking out training. Ask your boss about any training programs already available. Some companies even pay for their employees’ extra tuition. It’s not always easy to find the time, but the rewards are really worth it.
6. Offer To Take On Extra Work
If you hear about a new company initiative or new project coming up you should be the first person raising your hand to ask how you can help out. This shows you are dedicated to the cause. When you always give a helping hand and are willing to take on more projects you become the obvious choice when new opportunities become available.
Let me be clear. Do not offer to take on permanent extra work. This will just way you down and not give you the ability to work on any new projects that could get you noticed. Worker bees are important to the tribe, but they never become the queen.
7. Be Resourceful
Figure it out! Your boss needs to count on you to be resourceful and to step up to the challenge. We are all busy and there may not be time to formally train someone on how to do something.
Ask your co-workers for help or other friends you may have in the industry. Someone will be able to help you. We now live in the world of internet. You can Google just about anything. So no excuses. There is truly a skill to being able to figure things out on your own. This skill is key to becoming an invaluable team member.
- Think of one process, or task that you do that you can improve upon.
- Create your fashion playbook. Start by writing down all the steps you take to accomplish one daily task.
- Think of one extra project or a new initiative that you could throw your hat in the ring for.
Fashionable Promotion Series
If you, or someone you know, is interested in taking your fashion career to the next level then please read the entire series. Learn how to make the right moves to jump to the next level.
- Create Your Fashion Playbook
- Build Your Core Products to Build Your Brand
- How Fashion Industry Pros Shop Their Competition
- Adobe Bridge – How To Get The Most Out Of Your Inspiration Shopping Trips
- 7 Ways To Impress Your Boss
- How to Take Criticism And Become A Better Designer
- Impactful Fashion Design Presentations
- How To Build A Personal Image In The Fashion Industry