When IT managers can't or won't help tech workers get ahead, it's up to workers to find their own path, Mary K. Pratt writes. Many IT chiefs are not skilled at mentoring employees or in team-building, according to Eric Bloom, chief of Manager Mechanics. To improve your chances for a promotion, identify your strengths, ask your boss to advocate for you and, of course, be sure to make your supervisor look good, Pratt writes.

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