Money To Live

August 15, 2008

Earn More: Outperform your predecessor

Filed under: career,earn more — by moneytolive @ 5:00 am
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A friend of mine, who I’ll call Sydney, recently got a raise and a promotion. I asked her how she got it,
especially since she just returned from maternity leave.

Sydney’s job has a lot of flexibility. She is paid by a large grant from a private company, but she does not interact with them on a daily basis. Her predecessors took advantage of this flexibility and worked on personal projects, instead of in the interests of the company.

Coming onto the job, Sydney heard that her predecessors had not actually done the job, and she wondered if the job would be very boring and that is why they had not been involved in the project. That was not the case; she likes what she is doing, and it fits with her long-term career goals.

This might be one of the easiest ways to impress a new boss — take over a job that your predecessor did poorly. The flip side is to find out what your predecessor did well and be sure to keep up the same quality of work.


1 Comment »

  1. I liked bumping into this thread!

    Comment by Tori Galloway — August 19, 2008 @ 3:32 am |Reply

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