6 Important Steps To Getting A Promotion Sooner Rather Than Later

6 Important Steps To Getting A Promotion Sooner Rather Than Later

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Are you tired of doing the same thing over and over again? Then it’s high-time you got that much-promised promotion.

Thinking about getting a promotion and actually getting around to it are two entirely different things. It might seem hard at first, but we are here to give you a hand.

So, buckle up, and follow our lead. Our simple step-by-step guide will not only teach you what to do in order to get that career boost, but guarantee your chances of success.

Here is the 6 step process to getting the promotion you want:

1. Do tons of research

Regardless of your job, research is always necessary. Why should you spend an extra hour at home or work researching stuff about your workplace or company’s products? Because knowledge is the key to understanding how things work.

By figuring out the ins and outs of your job or business, you’ll gain an edge over your co-worker. Also, some forehand research will come in handy next time you’ll have to attend a company meeting. 

It will be your chance to throw in your two cents and to dazzle the audience. Remember: the more interested you are in your work, the greater the likelihood of being promoted. Quite often, employers support smart employees over hard-working employees, because the smart ones know how to do their homework, not fulfill menial tasks.

Keep studying, ask around as many questions as you can think of, and pretty soon you’ll win that big jackpot.

“Research is creating new knowledge.” – Neil Armstrong

2. Volunteer

Employers want to see people with initiative, employees that don’t back up from something just because it is their job to do something or because they have enough work already.

If your boss calls out for volunteers, no matter how hard or how much work you have to do, seize the moment and take a step forward. Do keep in mind that from the moment your boss says “yes,” your every action will be monitored.

Remember all that stuff you read in books about always displaying a proactive attitude? Well, guess what? Volunteering is considered a proactive approach and it will bring you a lot of points.

But before jumping the wagon, keep it cool, because you’ll have other things to do. Don’t take up another project if you have others put on standby.

 

3. No gossip policy

Interpersonal communication is one of the key aspects when you want to earn a reputation. Come to know your colleagues. Speak with them, toss in a few jokes, and if you’re close enough to some of them, you can even share things from your personal life.

It’s considered healthy to try and buddy up with your work mates, but don’t overdo it. Cracking a few jokes once in awhile about someone’s attire or a colleague’s wallpaper is fine, but under no circumstance, should you engage in idle gossip.

Why is gossip considered a no-no if you’re bucking up for a promotion? Because nobody likes a shallow person. Not your colleagues, and especially not your employer. Gossiping around all day is a one-way ticket to the “no promotion” land.

So keep it cool, mingle with your work mates, but don’t overstep your bounds.

 

4. Attitude, attitude, and more attitude

Sometimes all your problems can fly away in an instant if you have the right attitude. And we’re not talking about nonchalance here. The best way to stay sane and to do your job is to maintain a positive attitude.

Did the boss yell at you for not doing your job? Perhaps a little, but my co-worker said that she liked my idea. With a positive attitude, you can do anything you want. Also, this manner of thinking is sure to catch the eye of your employers.

Work hard, keep smiling, and pretty soon you will end up with a better position.

 

5. Assess your performance

We know that it’s pretty hard to keep track of all the things you did since you’ve started working at the company. But try to make an effort here. Making a list or two of all the stuff you did since the beginning might help you put things into perspective.

It might seem meaningless reviewing all the stuff you did, but this will help you keep track of your work and will also show which issues need to be addressed.

Moreover, if you make a weekly list of all accomplishments, you’ll see much clearly all the things you must focus on the following week. Employers are more likely to offer you a promotion if they see that you are that kind of employee which strives to better himself.

“Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations.” – Ralph Marston

6. Become a workaholic

Become the ultimate work freak. Work hard, stay over your usual working hours, and start talking only about things concerning work. Being a workaholic might not be that healthy, but if you want that promotion you just have to kick it into overdrive.

Nevertheless, be careful not to turn your work into an obsession. It’s considered okay to talk about work-related stuff with your co-workers and boss, but don’t do this with your family and friends. Some of them will, of course, understand that you are fascinated by what you do, while others will simply regard it as obnoxious.

Eventually, a bit of ‘workaholic’ behavior pays off. Your job will become easier and more fulfilling, and, pretty soon, you’ll receive that promotion.

Which step will you do to get that promotion? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
Marc Mendelman is a Junior HR Consultant and a Contributing Editor at Today Assistant. He is passionate about identifying daily work hacks and creating ways of increasing personal and professional productivity.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Choosing the right boss is one of the most important decisions that you ever make. It can accelerate your career and enable you get paid more and promoted faster than almost anything else you do.

  2. Marc, thanks for sharing. I think making a list of everything that you have done is important not just for perspective, but so that it can help you craft the ‘stories’ that you tell so others understand what you have done. This list ( I think people should always keep and add to a list of accomplishments) will serve as a quick set of anecdotes.

    Thanks for sharing,

    JIM

  3. Marc I think number two is the most important. I have used this step previously and it really does work. Employers want to see staff going above and beyond. Most of all, employers want to see that you are passionate about what you do. If you volunteer for things and work harder, but you have no passion, then I don’t think this step will work.

    Thanks for your article.

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