- First, get to know the key players. Ask yourself who is going to be most beneficial to you and your advancement. Then learn what their likes and dislikes are and what they look for in a leader. Don’t be afraid to tell them your plans and how you want to progress, let them know what you are working on.
- Second, always think one step ahead always planning your next move before you make it. What knowledge, experience or tools will you need to make the jump in position? Find them, learn them and use them to show you are capable. Watch others around you who are exceptional and learn from them.
- Third, you can’t let emotions play your pieces, If you are determined and work hard the opportunity will come, don’t get caught up on why you have been overlooked or why others promoted ahead of you. If you make the most of your current opportunity, focus on learning and growing then when given an advancement opportunity, not only will you be ready, but also have a chance to surpass the ones who were promoted ahead of you.
- Finally, if you’re a carpenter of foreman trying to make a name for yourself, then build relationships with everyone on the team, you want everyone to want you on their job. If you are trying to play the game by yourself, thinking hard work alone is enough then you will be disappointed. Think about the people who were promoted so quickly, are they are the hardest or smartest workers, or is it because people like and relate with them. They have not only built a name for themselves, but they have the support and votes from the people around them.
Think of your construction career as a game of chess, where one move can win or lose the game for you. Where a sequence of moves will earn you a promotion or one wrong decision can take you right out of the game. We have all witnessed the downfall of a coworker or from personal experience from one mistake. For example, if you had an argument with the wrong person and let your emotions get in the way using words you can’t take back or one decision that cost the company money and you a job.
So how can you play the game to your advantage?