Jamie asks: I’ve been northwest regional sales director of a national grocery store chain for the last ten years. I just found out that there will be an opening for a new vice president of sales, and I want to apply. Because I’ve been a director for so long, I don’t think I’m being considered the position. What can I do to be considered as the best candidate?
Simma Lieberman, Executive Leadership Coach and Mariposa Strategic Partner responds:
You need to stop being seen as the “perennial director,’ and be seen as a vice –president.
Now is the time to speak up and stand out from the crowd to make your presence known and garner the respect that you deserve.
Let your desired career path be known by the appropriate people. Tell your boss you have aspirations to continue climbing the corporate ladder.
Volunteer for projects on a national level where you can play a visible role and take leadership, where you can interact with people who are at your desired level and above. Meet with those people, tell them your ideas for the project, and get their feedback. CC them on all emails that document your progress.
Change your self-image form director to vice president.