How to set yourself up for a promotion
To get promoted you have to make an impact on your boss and the people you work with. You can’t get a promotion by doing the bare minimum. I imagine, if you’re reading this that you have a killer work ethic and are well on your way to climbing the career ladder. Which brings me to our first point:
Maintain a strong work ethic
Let you and your work speak for itself. It doesn’t go unnoticed when someone is achieving highly and determined to do their best for their team and the company. Just by showing a strong attitude towards your work, your manager will likely keep you in mind for more responsibility.
Take on more responsibility
Speaking of, don’t be afraid of taking on more responsibility. You may not be on a pay packet that yet reflects these responsibilities but take them on anyway. For one thing, it pays (literally and figuratively) to show you can handle the pressure of more work. It’s even more impressive to take on extra responsibility with intentions to achieve, excel and learn rather than being solely motivated by money. Extra responsibility shows your boss you are self-determined and motivated to do more.
There’s no better way to show your value than offering solutions to tough problems. To do this means you care not only about yourself but about helping those around you succeed too. Critical and lateral thinking are highly valued skills when it comes to choosing people to step into leadership. This will often cement your commitment to a company.
Let your boss know your goals
The most straight forward thing to do is to inform your boss about your goals going forward in your career and with your company. A good manager will encourage and help you set out a rough plan. Plus, once they know you are prepared to step up, they will have you in the front of their minds when a position opens up.
Own projects from beginning to end
This one aligns with taking on more responsibility. Show that you can lead a project, that you can finish what you started. When you take the reigns on a project it shows you have coordinating and managerial skills.
Assert your ideas and don’t be afraid to voice your thoughts and potential solutions. This can be a hard one for the quiet type. If you have a great idea you were too hesitant to share in a meeting, approach your manager afterwards. Say something like ‘after taking some time to digest the information, I have an idea…’
Don’t make excuses
One thing not to do is to make excuses for late work, poor work or to not do work. Own responsibility and be honest. If you feel like you can’t do something, be honest. Let your manager know you might need extra time to learn a particular system or that you will need assistance with the task.
Maintain healthy relationships with all colleagues
In other words, be a team player. Don’t try to bicker with people even if you might not get along outside of a working situation. Make sure that any professional disagreements don’t get heated or emotional and remain strictly a matter of business. Try to get to know your peers, this will help with the next point…
When you have an honest, communicative relationship with your manager and colleagues’ people will feel more comfortable with you. If you keep up that strong work ethic you have a long with ticking off other things on this list, you’ll find that people will trust you to get the work done and done on time. When you have trust, you will have more autonomy. When you succeed in a substantially autonomous environment, higher ups know that you can keep on track and work hard without the need for someone to push you.
Quantify your performance
When it comes to it, it will also be helpful to demonstrate your worth in numbers. Whether you have helped make money, increased customer satisfaction or helped your team excel in any way, make sure your boss knows exactly how much a difference you’ve made.