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What lessons did you learn in your field that helped you get promoted? ?

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Jerome’s Answer

Understanding that how you treat people matters. I’ve always tried to be kind, but sometimes people who work alongside you will get promoted and be in a position to either support you or hold you back.

To that end, connections matter. My move from a Manager to a Director and from a Director to a VP were a result of people I knew and their recommendations.
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Cindy’s Answer

I would say that first of all, be the best version of yourself. Go the extra mile.
Be nice and kind to others. Help out when possible.
Be involved in activities beyond your call of duty.
Make sure that the relevant people KNOW you want to be promoted. If you keep it to yourself, it may not happen.
Make a plan with your manager what the necessary steps are for you to take to accomplish you goal. If you cant discuss it with your manager, try preparing a plan with a friend and then take the steps that will move you forward.
Good luck!
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Karl’s Answer

This is a good question and I will start by looking at your current role and going above and beyond in that role. As you succeed in that role look at how you did it and think about how it may help the broader team and organization. Also think about the skill sets that enable you to do it or that you sharpened in the process. Those skill sets will useful in the next role. Be a continual learner and build a network around you by engaging with different individuals.
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