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Get ahead without working long hours

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Working 60-hour weeks isn’t the only way to be promoted. You can keep a strong work/life balance and still be a prime pick for that promotion. Here’s how:

  • Apply unwavering focus. It’s likely you can focus even more. Eliminate your cellphone, personal email and social media checks during the day. Give your job your all during the required 40 hours.
  • Work on the right projects. Put your greatest efforts into projects that are visible to the higher-ups. Once your work is recognized, you’ll be labeled as someone who can successfully take on higher-level projects.
  • Praise yourself—and others. Tactfully point out your accomplishments and those of your team members. Showing appreciation and recognition of others is a positive leadership trait.
  • Connect with superiors. Run your solutions to problems past your managers, and ask what they think. You don’t have to attend functions after work hours to successfully connect and network.
  • Know your organization. Is there a certain time of year when promotions usually come around? If so, let your manager know that you would like to be considered for the job.

— Adapted from “How to Get Promoted Without Working Long Hours,” Laura Vanderkam, www.fastcompany.com.

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