Define ‘hunger’ in Career Progression
At my job, My boss keeps telling me that he doesn’t see the ‘hunger’ in me.
When probed further, there isn’t an answer, or clearly defined terms. Training/promotion opportunity get passed by me because others are ‘hungrier than me’, so obviously it goes to them first.
What is the real definition of hunger when it comes to career progression?
- When ur stomach growls during job interview or early in the morning when u reach the office
- I imagine what he means is doing more work than the requirement, taking on more responsibility than is needed, finishing faster than others and still working more, staying late, taking shorter breaks or none at all, etc.
Basically look like a workaholic.
- An eagerness to prove your self, to always raise your hand, be first in line, sign up enthusiastically even for optional things. I used to be like this when I was young, but that energy died down after I got jaded by the reality of work.
- It is quite vague though. What industry are you in? I got a feeling it is sales.
It really depends but as a boss, saying something should be followed up with actual feedback. Of course if I encounter such a situation and receive no actual feedback, I will observe those who are promoted , what indeed makes them hungrier?
For instance, some people in addition to their work and performance, have the ability to network, connect with others and bring up the mood, which might be especially important in certain industries. Some people might not be so social, but gets the work done and produce excellent results for the company.
Hunger to me personally if I am your boss, is that i probably think you are good at your work and can achieve more than what you are currently doing but I feel you might look too contented with your current position. Maybe you don’t give the impression that you want to excel or progress in your career (even if you do).
Of course, if you realised that no matter how hard you work or try your best, your boss says the same, then perhaps the issue is your boss and not you:) so don’t take it too hard.
- It’s a lose-lose situation. He wants you to put in more hours and effort and compete with your fellow colleagues. It’s going to be an arms race to the end to see who will burn out first. Watch the Netflix series Hunger and you’ll know what I mean.