Been in an organization for far too long and don’t know why some people are getting promoted ahead of you?
It could be perhaps that you are passing across the wrong signals which are hindering your promotion.
Getting a promotion takes more than just doing your job well.
To move up the ladder to the next step if your career, you have to prove to decision-makers and leadership that you are ready and deserving enough to take on more responsibility.
This takes consistently working your best, staying dedicated to your work, and much more.
Here are some tips to help you.
1. Be professional and passionate
Being professional and passionate as a means of getting promoted means you act professionally in all situations that break out. If you disagree with people or ideas, try to react by giving your opinion professionally and not being consumed by emotions.
2. Take on more responsibilities
To get a promotion at work, seek to improve your skills and take on more responsibilities. You can ask your supervisor for these extra tasks or alternatively take your own initiative on matters you feel need attention.
However, ensure to align these with your boss so that you do not end up finishing tasks that will not add value to you or the organization. More responsibility will help improve your career by constantly learning new things.
3. Avoid office politics and small talk
Small talk and office politics are certainly going to distract you from meeting your career goals, they can keep you focused on other things rather than your tasks, skills, and job. What you want to do is focus on activities and things that grow you and move you closer to your goals and not small talk.
4. Be a problem-solver
In the same vein, don’t simply show up and tell your boss you’ve got a problem, without offering some sort of solution.
You want to be remembered as a problem-solver, not a problem-starter!
Also become the go-to person for something specific, like designing dynamic sales decks to dealing with challenging customers.
5. Be committed and goal-driven
Don’t count the days, make the days count for you. Be committed to your job and organization’s goal as well as your desire to get promoted. This will inform your ability to take on extra responsibilities and help in your quest and desire to develop your skills.
6. Document your successes
When asking for a promotion, leadership is going to want to know what kind of value you bring to the business. Rather than trying to think back at all you’ve accomplished, build a “working” portfolio throughout the year.
After you’ve completed an important project or performed a record sales month, document it focusing on the most important details.
7. Be A Team Player
Employers don’t like it when employees are focused on “I” rather than “we.” They want team players who are committed to helping the greater good of the team, which ultimately benefits the company.
A good employee volunteers his or her efforts before even being asked. They volunteer for more tasks and responsibility, and not just because of immediate reward.