Getting promoted is a goal that most of us have, but it can be hard to know exactly how to go about it. After all, there can be a fine line between chasing opportunities and being annoyingly pushy, so it does take some care.
It also takes planning â€“ before you get promoted, you have to prove why you deserve to progress, so make sure you budget for the time this will take. An employer will want to make sure you are deserving of the promotion that you are aiming for. However, if you sincerely strive to achieve this objective, there is no reason why you can’t progress in your job and career.
1. Become fantastic at what you do
Firstly, being good at what you currently do is a reliable sign that youâ€™re ready for more. If your boss knows that youâ€™re amazing at your job and that you can do it consistently well, it will reflect well on you. All employers love productive employees.
Youâ€™re unlikely to be able to move onwards and upwards if youâ€™re still mastering part of your current role, so get your head down and learn it inside out.
2. Take on extra work to make you shine
Being willing to take on extra work is also a good way to get noticed by management â€“ but make sure itâ€™s worthwhile work that will stretch you and be valuable to the company, not just extra admin to fill the time. Ideally, you want to show that your talents go beyond what you do already. Also, try to make sure that your extra efforts are noticed without ’embellishing’ the fact.
3. Be a team player
Playing nicely with others is another key component of getting promoted as all the best leaders are great with people. Prove that you can work well with your colleagues and promote the interests of the team â€“ not just yourself. Outstanding individual contributions are likely to be noticed, but theyâ€™ll be worth much more if you achieve them while also doing well in team situations. Remember, it is a desired quality prominently mentioned in almost all job ads even before someone is hired.
4. Prove your commitment to the company
If you want to be promoted, the company you work for needs to know that youâ€™re committed to them or else, as far as theyâ€™re concerned, any money they spend on you could be a waste. Find a way to signal your intent to stay with the business, such as by developing long term growth strategies or taking ownership of projects with several years still to run on them. If you love the job and want to stick with it, while getting promotions along the way, this kind of commitment becomes even more crucial.
5. Be up front about your intent
Finally, being clear about what you want can help you land that promotion. If your boss doesnâ€™t know itâ€™s what you want, they wonâ€™t know to consider you when opportunities come up. For instance, you could let them know in a review meeting that youâ€™d be interested in a chance for progression. That way, even if thereâ€™s nothing currently available, theyâ€™ll be more likely to keep you in mind for next time.
Author Byline: Adam C is a London, UK based copywriter and has given sound workplace advice in this article.