By Barbara Mitchell
Q: I want to start preparing for my next assignment. I'm not necessarily looking for a promotion, but I want to be ready for additional responsibilities. What can I do now to be sure I'm ready?
A: It's good that you're thinking ahead to your next assignment. One word of caution—don't forget to do an outstanding job in your current role while preparing for your next one. I see so many people focus on what's next and slack off on their current responsibilities, sabotaging any chance they ever had for moving ahead. So, before you plan for your next job or role, exceed everyone's current expectations. That's how you'll get noticed and get additional tasks when you're ready.
That said, preparing for your next assignment can be challenging but also rewarding. Here are some ways to get started.
If you do a great job in your current assignment and continue to exceed expectations while increasing your skill set, you should be ready for your next role in your organization.
If you do a great job in your current assignment and continue to exceed expectations while increasing your skill set, you should be ready for your next role in your organization. I wish you well as you progress in your career.
Barbara Mitchell is a human resources and management consultant and author of The Big Book of HR and The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook. Do you have a question you'd like her to answer in "Ask the Expert"? Send it to [email protected]