No matter what industry you’re in, climbing the ropes and bettering your position or salary can be essential for your career progress. If you’re keen to move up the ladder, we offer some tips on how to maximise your success and get that promotion!
1. Put Your Feelers Out
You’ll never get a promotion if you are oblivious to the opportunities that exist. Keep your eyes open and check your company’s website, noticeboards and Intranet or internal listings so you are aware of what types of promotions can or might become available.
2. Voice Your Promotional Desires
Sitting back and saying nothing will never get you ahead! And it can be easy for managers to overlook you for a promotion simply because they don’t realise you are interested.
Set up meetings with your boss (or bosses) and/or the HR Manager and let them know you are interested in moving up in the company and why.
Find out from them exactly what you need to do to get to the next level – then do it.
For instance, would you need an additional qualification? More work-relevant management experience? More highly-developed tech skills?
3. Go Above & Beyond
Making yourself indispensable is one of the best ways to set yourself up for promotion success!
How do you do this? By taking on additional responsibilities whenever possible (or feasible, given your study load) and by completing your tasks well and on time.
Remember, don’t wait for responsibilities to be given to you – seek them out or volunteer for them whenever you can. This will work wonders for your reputation and put you in the performance spotlight, which is essential for securing any promotion.
4. Boost Your Skills or Knowledge
Taking on an extra educational course or volunteering for a task to develop your skills are also great ways to get that promotion.
You’ll boost your talents, while also demonstrating to your managers that you’re enthusiastic about your role and about improving your performance and standing within the company.
5. Get Mentor-ish
Mentors can be excellent ways to get ahead in your career. A mentor can be someone within your own company or they can be external.
Either way, their job is to help you obtain the right skills you need and prepare you for promotions, interviews or other applications.
If you are unsure where to find a mentor, try speaking to your boss or HR manager to see if they can recommend anyone.
If you would prefer having an external mentor, you can try approaching a respected professional in your industry via a tool like LinkedIn.
6. Find Out More
If you’ve got a particular promotion or job in sight, there will likely be a job description or a criteria document floating around.
Track this down and review exactly what the job is and what responsibilities or duties you’ll be required to take on.
Once you know this kind of information, you can set out showing your employer how you can fulfil each responsibility or you can work on improving your experience, skills, and knowledge to ensure you meet the requirements.
7. Ask Others to Rally Behind You
When you apply for a new job, you’re often required to provide references or referees to vouch on your behalf. Well, the same goes for promotions.
Ask your trusted colleagues if they would be willing to provide you with great support and feedback.
Colleagues like this can rally behind you when it comes to promotion time, and this can be enough to get you over that line.
8. Adopt the Right Attitude
As the saying goes, attitude is everything. Managers want to promote members/employees that are proactive, positive and passionate, with a strong work ethic.
Negative attitudes or behaviours – complaining, slacking off or behaving unprofessionally – can impact on your ability to secure a promotion.
The more confident and hard working you are, the more others will respect and admire your performance – and the more you’ll increase your chances of gaining that promotion!