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The Type of Employee That Employers WANT to Promote

Are you the type of employee that your employer wants to promote?

I heard an interesting statistic on the radio awhile back that really sparked my interest … it stated that 90% of people who do this are promoted. Then they had listeners call in and try to guess what that one thing was. It was something I personally NEVER would have guessed. Ninety percent of people who keep a candy bowl on their desks for people who visit their office or drop by are promoted. Can you believe it? Maybe you can … maybe you can’t … but it got me to thinking. I think, as a generalization (I use this term loosely), employees can fall into one of two categories: wanters and doers. So are you a wanter or a doer?

WANTERS

Wanters are the employees that always want to know when they’re going to get a raise, a promotion, or something that benefits them. They’re the employees who never stay past 5 p.m. And you can set your watch by them; because at 5:00 p.m.—on the dot—they’re clocking out, checking out, and going on about their day. Is there something amiss with this type of employee? Maybe, maybe not. I know there’ve been times in my life when I was this type of employee, and the reasons varied.

DOERS

Doers are the employees you can count on to help bear your burden. They’re right there beside you—making sure the job gets done—doing their part, and going above and beyond to help out wherever and whenever needed. They take the pressure off of their bosses. They’re the type of employee that says, “Will you let me take care of that so that you can focus on something else?” These are the employees that employers want to promote.

Doers notice when a coworker has something going on outside of work and could use someone to pitch in and help. This is tremendously helpful to the person the Doer is helping; but it’s not just the coworker that takes notice—the employer does too. Does this mean you have to stay late every day, work overtime, and run yourself ragged to be promoted? No. But do you have the type of personality and work ethic that says hey, if something needs to get done, I’m here to help do it? Diligent and intentional people are promoted.

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A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. Leveraging more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica's innovative and brand-driven resume development strategies have secured a 99.6% interview-winning success rate for her clients. As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted numerous times throughout CNN.com, The Chicago Tribune, Monster.com, Local Job Network Radio, International Business Times, and more.
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  1. Cindy B.
    October 5th, 2012 at 11:56 | #1

    I work with a very small team. Three of the four of us are the ‘get the job done’ sort and it makes for very smooth projects. We respect all and accept whatever each has to offer without creating undue stress. Works for us! And we are Case Managers at a non-profit serving others.

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