Chapter 51. It’s Your Job to Prove That You’re Ready for the Next Level

You’ve been in your job three years: It’s time to move up. Sounds right, doesn’t it? Wrong. There are very few jobs left where you move up by virtue of time in the job. Today’s company wants to know if you have had three years of progressively more complex and responsible experiences or just had the same year of experience three times.

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Identifying and cultivating skills that matter at the next level is more important than being great at your current job.

Take the case of a state supreme court judge in Oklahoma who was upset at not being voted chief state justice by his peers. He thought his decades of experience and proven reputation would trump any other candidate, securing ...

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