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Position Yourself for Success

South Korean model Hwang Mi-hee
Apr 4, 04:03 pm

          Asian Americans are known to be among the most intelligent, hardworking and dedicated. Is that you? Congratulations! You just separated yourself from 95% of the workforce. Want to stand out among that last 5%? Follow these 5 pro-tips that will tip the promotion in your favor:

1. Join the Happy Hour.

          If the Asian glow has you avoiding happy hour for an evening of solitude, reconsider. Research shows that joining your boss and coworkers for a drink after work (non-alcoholic, maybe?) will not only increase your job satisfaction, but boost your chances of promotion, as well.
          “But what about the quality of my work?” Yes, your work is ultimately the most important factor for your long-term success, but you are more likely to get promoted when you’re remembered. Not only are you a hard worker, but you’re likable person with a great sense of humor? What a standout!
          As long as you don’t drink yourself silly or get too personal, participating in office socializing every now and then can give you an edge. Do it too often? You’ll be written off as the office party girl. Once or twice a month is just right.

2. Be a Team Player.

          Wouldn’t it be nice if you were instantly rewarded for every brilliant idea you had? Unfortunately, in an environment overwrought with bureaucracy and politics, it’s less about you and more about the team. The sooner you become a team player, the faster you’ll be rewarded for your work.
          For the especially talented and bright, there’s often a fine line between being seen as a valuable asset and as a threat. Sometimes we get so consumed with our own positioning that we forget our boss is looking out for her own interests, as well. Outshine your boss and the road to promotion will likely be a rocky or uncomfortable one. Make sure to include her in your achievements and she will see you as a partner, rather than as a competitor.
          Express in small ways that you have her interests in mind. For example, if she forgets to include a crucial piece of data in the presentation, an honest suggestion will let her know that you have her back. Just make sure not to do this too often or over things too trivial as it will be perceived as annoying.

3. Communicate.

          The most common complaints supervisors have about their workers have to do with poor communication. It is part of your superior’s job to give you feedback, so if you are feeling uncertain about where you stand or where you can improve, ask. Feedback is crucial for your success.
          While she is giving you feedback, take notes about what is being said and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. After discussing, read over your notes and follow up with an email summarizing back what you understood from the meeting and how you will work to improve. This last step is important for two reasons: a) It solidifies for you where you need to improve and forced you to get clear on how to do so. b) It lets her know you can take feedback and are invested in your growth.
          Apply it. Having intention is one thing and actually doing it is another. It is very easy to revert back to familiar habits. Make the commitment to devote steady, conscientious efforts to improve or you won’t move forward.


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