By, 05/06/2013

Congratulations! You’ve worked hard and been rewarded with a promotion. Once you settle into your new job, remember: As much as a promotion is recognition of a job well-done, it also means you’ve shown yourself ready for more responsibility—which can be a great way to further demonstrate your willingness and ability to learn.

But be realistic about your new position. Even if you’ve had some experience with a new task, you’ll very likely see there’s more to it, and the learning curve could be higher than you expect. So go ahead and celebrate, but be sure not to slack. Continuing to work hard after being rewarded for doing so is the kind of diligence that can really take your career places.