How to Get a Promotion
Do you feel like you're stuck in your current job? Are you ready to move up?
It's tough to climb the corporate ladder, but if you want a job that excites you
and pays well, you'll likely have to make the climb at some point. If you want
to get a promotion, you'll need to be a patient team player while also being an
ambitious self-promoter. It's a difficult balance to strike, but these tips can help.
1. Work for a company that can give you room to grow. The type of company you
work can determine your potential for promotion. When applying for jobs, seek
out companies with opportunity for advancement. You don't have to work for a
huge corporation, although these usually offer plenty of promotion possibilities
at any given time, but you do want to look for a company that has enough going
on so that you can be assured you're not running into a dead end. Preferably
this company will be doing well and growing, though many companies, especially
very large ones, tend to grow in cycles.
2. Concentrate on just doing the best you can in your current position.
Excellent performance reviews aren't sufficient to get you a promotion, but
they're necessary for it. So are good attendance, punctuality, and a willingness
to go the extra mile when the company needs it. Be known as the first to arrive
at work and the last to leave. Showing up five minutes early and leaving five minutes
after your shift can turn into a fortune of extra income over your lifetime when
you are the one that gets the promotion.
3. Make sure people know you're doing a great job. You don't want to toot your
own horn too much, but you can't always expect your merits to speak for
themselves. Keep in good contact with your supervisor, and make sure he or she
knows what you've been up to (assuming you've had some smashing successes).
Don't be an attention grabber or "brown-noser," but make sure people know who
you are and make sure you get credit where credit is due.
4. Be popular. In an ideal world, promotions would be based solely on merit. We
don't live in an ideal world, though, and office politics will often play a role
in who gets promoted and who doesn't. Use and develop your people skills. Be
kind and helpful to your coworkers, supervisors, and underlings. Develop relationships
with people you work with, play golf with the boss, and get to know people (other
than your immediate supervisor) who make decisions in the company. Be present at
company events and network with people from outside your department.
5. Make sure the right people know you want a promotion. Don't be afraid to tell
your supervisor about your career goals - most good supervisors will ask you
about them and try to be helpful. Continue to do a great job in your current
position, and don't seem fed up with your current work, but let decision makers
know if you really want a particular job.