4 Key Strategies to Get Promoted This Year
That’s because job competency is only a fraction of the equation when managers are determining the ideal candidate for a promotion. You need to separate yourself from the herd by going the extra mile.
Stand out to your employers by utilizing these four key strategies.
Think – and Act – Outside the Box
If you don’t perform beyond your job description, you won’t be considered for a role outside your job description. Of course, excelling at your job is important, but think bigger by asking yourself how you can be a benefit to the company aside from doing the work you’re getting paid to do. A great place to begin is by learning other roles within the company. Ask your boss to cross-train in another department to get a better grasp on how other roles contribute to the company goals. These kinds of initiatives show your boss that you are motivated and capable of seeing the bigger picture.
Be the One Who Gets It Done
Difficult tasks or projects are bound to present themselves from time to time, no matter what the business. See these challenges as an opportunity to be the one who solves the problem. Your mindset should be that you can get the job done no matter what it takes. Rolling up your sleeves and tackling tough work head-on will demonstrate your positive thinking and can-do attitude – A highly valued characteristic that will quickly have your managers flagging you as promotion material.
Prove You’re a Leader
Show your employers that you want to help the company grow and get better. Don’t be afraid of bringing your ideas to the table. More importantly, if your employers like your ideas, be committed to implementing them and seeing them through! Your initiatives could be related to making work procedures more efficient, or they could be ideas for improving workplace culture and morale.
For example, you could offer to organize and lead a charity fundraiser, company newsletter, or a wellness and recreation committee. What better way to prove to your managers that others will follow your lead to accomplish new things!
Voice Your Ambitions
It seems simple, but one of the best ways to get on the path to a promotion is to simply tell your boss what your career goals are. Not being open with your employer about what you want may inadvertently communicate to them that you are content remaining in your position and therefore, not an ideal candidate for a promotion.
Ask them what skills or training is needed in order to move into a more advanced role. Offer to take on extra courses or projects outside of office hours to help develop your skillset – some companies may even reimburse you for off site courses or workshops if it’s relevant to the business.
There’s more to career advancement than simply knowing the business. You need to demonstrate initiative, ambition, and leadership to get noticed. Stay confident and persistent, and that promotion may happen sooner than you think!