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What’s the best way to get a promotion?

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Question: “How can I get a promotion if I am an administrative assistant and work in manufacturing? I have been at the same position 15 years. Could I propose a new one? What do you suggest?” — Rose Gonzalez

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Depending on the size of your company, there might not be anywhere to promoted you.

That being said, you might want to update your technical skills: computer software etc. and look for another job outside your current company.

Good Luck!

I have two suggestions, as follows:

* Develop a network system within your company and seek out a Mentor in the area of the company you wish to obtain a position in. It never hurts to develop friendships in other areas and it will give you a "foot in the door" when an administrative position becomes available that you can apply for. A Mentor can help you with your resume, career development and determine what areas you need to strengthen. This will not cost you anything and you will receive great benefits from it.

* Obtain an outside professional to help you "freshen up" your resume and search for administrative positions in your area of expertise. Of course, there is a fee, so you may want to shop around and obtain references to ensure the company you hire is reputable and has a high placement percentage.

I wish you the very best luck.
Janie Edwards
Executive Assistant
Global Procurement/Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

You should check your position description. If it is not accurate, be sure to update it. You may qualify to be an Administrative Coordinator which is a pay grade higher than Administrative Assistant. That change or additions to your job description should qualify you for a pay raise.

Good ideas above. Also think back to what your job responsibilities were 15 years ago and what they are now. Do you have more responsibilities than before? If so, bring this to the attention of your boss or management.

All of the ideas above are good. You may also think about wanting to remain an administrative assistant, perhaps at another company. Despite the misinformation that administrative support positions are going the way of the dinosaur, actually there is a shortage of qualified administrative support professionals. If you have updated your skills and revised a resume to market yourself effectively, you may do very well in the job market. You should also get some professional advice as to whether you have responsibilities/accomplishments which can be transferable skills into a promotion either at your present company (if available) or somewhere else. And you need to think about somebody asking you why you've stayed in your job for 15 years if you really want a promotion in your present company while, if you're going to look elsewhere, you can truly say that you loved your job, stayed as long as you could, and that promotions weren't available to you.

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