Don't let yourself be cast as the IT pro who's stuck, grumpy or complacent. Consider these midcareer moves.
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Levy pointed to three "P's" of promotion decisions: performance, politics and perception. Note that only one of these is 100% under your control, but that doesn't mean you can't influence all three. "People need to take all these into account when they manage [their] career," Levy said. Look for opportunities to participate in a positive manner both internally and externally, rather than lurk. "Lurkers don't get promoted," Levy said. "Become a helper." An example: If you're a manager who's been with your company for a while, ask HR if you can assist with the new-hire onboarding process. "Help newbies to the organization navigate and understand the career decisions you made, and how they can get to where you are," Levy said. "Become a mentor. Become a player-coach."
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