Is a promotion one of your goals next year?
Would you like your hard work and talent to be recognized?
If you want to get promoted quickly, you’ll need to step up your innovation and problem-solving abilities.
Check out these five habits of employees that get promoted
- Be goal-oriented
Before the start of the year, sit down with your boss to set and discuss your professional career goals. Be open about where you see yourself 6-months or a year. A good boss will help you achieve these goals by giving you opportunities to grow and provide support to keep you on track.
- Make Your Boss Aware You Want the Promotion
Your boss can be one of your best advocates for a promotion. He or she can either promote you to your next position within the company, or can block you from any movement within the company. Use all opportunities to make your boss a key supporter of your promotion. Seek counsel from your manager and stress your interest in staying with the company.
Present your case professionally to your boss, even if it requires writing a cover letter. Put together a list of your responsibilities and accomplishments and include the skills and experience you’ve gained so far. Then, show the impact of your work on the operations of the company.
- Acquire New Knowledge and Skills
It goes without saying that one of the best ways to succeed in getting a promotion is to expand your knowledge and skills sets in areas that are critical to the organization. As technology and other environmental forces change rapidly, you need an ever-increasing skill set not only to perform your job, but to stay marketable.
Take lateral roles. Exposing yourself to a variety of company activities can increase your chances of promotion.
- Display Commitment
When people are really committed, you can tell by the quality of their work, the effort they put in, and the relationships they develop. When employees show commitment, we notice and try to reward them with deserved promotions.
Volunteering to help out other departments or teams — or simply asking for more responsibilities — increases your value within the organization. Asking for more work shows your interest and desire to help your department and company to succeed. It also helps put a spotlight on your value to the organization.
- Network with the Right People
Take advantage of every networking opportunity you have, even if it’s a small get together with new co-workers at lunch.
Networking with others within your organization and otherwise will allow you to get to know the people who can provide support now and in the future. It’s also a chance to promote yourself and your skills as well.
By Ligia Gateau