How to Get Promoted
It’s all too common that people spend a lot of time preparing to get a job including resume writing, LinkedIn profile creation, writing cover/follow-up letters, networking, applying for jobs, landing interviews, and finally getting the job they prepared for only to slowly progress or remain stagnant in the position. Many people today are motivated enough to excel in their roles but are not exactly sure how to accomplish this. What follows is a compilation of years of research on the best way to get promoted within the organization and become highly regarded in the industry, which will ultimately help secure your future.
- Your manager should be aware of what you are doing at all times. Keep them apprised through emails and personal interactions.
- Always be very responsive with emails and phone calls. Be visible and always be available for the work at hand.
- Check in with your manager frequently about the status of any project/issues. Do not avoid your manager.
- Every person you speak with is a relationship. Seek to foster that relationship for the future. You always need strong relationships in your working career.
- Be deadline-oriented. When you are assigned a project, know the deadline. If you are unclear, ask for clarification because it is your responsibility.
- Work hard to know the facts and speak in fact-based language, but offer insight and your opinion when warranted.
- Be predictable; find out when the hours start and be consistently early. Know when people leave and never be the first one out.
- Consistently under-promise and over-deliver. Keep your commitments and build your integrity with everyone. This will stick with you throughout your career, regardless of where you work.
- Become a great listener to all people (managers, peers, associates). It takes a great deal of diligence to listen attentively and actively but it is well worth it.
- When working with your managers, take written notes and verbally recap your discussion back to them so you know exactly what is expected of you.
- Think of how you want to be perceived by managers, peers, and subordinates. Perception is reality when working with others and it determines how quickly you get promoted or terminated.
- Ask for feedback in a non-confrontational way, not just from mangers but from peers and subordinates. Always think of what people would say about you when you are not there.
- Always be teachable and learn from anyone at any level. Open-to-learn is one of the most valuable attributes in a person’s career at any stage. Do not simply settle into your position and rest on your laurels.
- Show a sense of humor; be focused but not too intense. Be approachable and create an openness about you.
- Be a team player and do more than your fair share. Be a leader!
- Seek to learn how to do your bosses job and everything you can to grow within the organization. You will only be promoted for doing more than what is expected of you, not just performing your job functions.
- Finally, always remember this: Your real job, regardless of profession or level, is to make your boss look good. Do not try to undermine your boss or make them look foolish in anyway. Make your boss look good, and you will be highly regarded and promoted quickly!
Although it may seem obvious to many people that getting promoted is simply a matter of working hard, there is a lot more required to help secure your future in an industry and quickly move up the ladder. Following the 17 steps outlined in this article will position you in the best possible light to not only get promoted but help you become highly regarded in your industry.
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