So you've reached that point in your career where you can smell the promotional perfume in the air, and fortunately there are some surefire ways to get that promotion this year that will make the scent of success continue lingering for years to come. Let's face it, we all know that we're capable of climbing up the next rung of the career ladder but we just need a break, so here are some ways to get that promotion and show what you're made of. That promotion is just a pay packet away!
One of the surefire ways to get that promotion this year is to make your strengths clear to those around you. Be careful with this one though, you don't want to come across as arrogant. But make it clear to senior staff where your strengths lie.
Ever heard of the phrase 'fake it 'til you make it'? Well, you could apply this rule here. You need to show you're confident and you need to feel confident in yourself and what you do. Again, there's a thin line between confidence and arrogance, but showing that you're competent and able to take on any challenge will show that you're ready for bigger things.
Be aware of things going on around you. This means keeping an eye out for training opportunities and any other positions which may be advertised in your work place. If you work for a big organisation it may be a little more impersonal, with jobs being advertised on the intranet. It's wise to be aware and speak to those around you to see what may be on the promotional horizon.
4. Do Your Best
Even though you're aching for that next step up the rung of the career ladder, keep doing the best you can in your current position. This means ensuring that you're always punctual and dressed smartly, and that you're reliable. Be willing to go the extra mile and take on extra tasks. This shows you're committed and thirsty for more. Show that you have the hunger and those above are sure to see.
5. Don't Clock Watch
Who would want to promote someone who arrives dead on time at the start of their shift and leaves as soon as the time comes to go and not a minute later? This doesn't scream commitment, so be prepared to work beyond the set hours.
6. Be Happy
Be a positive presence in the work place. People will like you and let's face it, positivity is infectious. You're more likely to be noticed as someone who undertakes their tasks with enthusiasm and rigour, and not someone who is scowling at every job they're given.
7. Be Proactive
Be proactive when it comes to sharing your ideas with the powers that be. If you notice that there is a system that isn't working quite as well as it should, use your problem solving skills and initiative to come up with a better way. This will show that you care about the organisation and are actively seeking ways of making it better.
8. Get Involved
If there are extra meetings or focus groups going on, get involved. This will show that you're committed and keen to learn more and share ideas. If there are clubs and social events, this is another way to be seen and heard.
9. Shine Bright
In meetings and conferences, show your enthusiasm. I'm not saying you should keep putting your hand up and it's not wise to say something just for the sake of saying something. But if you have a valid contribution, don't feel afraid to make your voice heard and be noticed.
These are just a few ways to make that dream promotion a reality. Do you have any other hints and tips on getting that promotion?