Don’t wait to be noticed and recognised for a promotion. Moving up in your career requires a pro-active approach. Here’s how.
Be The Best You Can Be
Excellent, on-the-job performance will certainly increase your chances of being promoted but avoid being overlooked.
- Go beyond the call of duty and help when you can (and if you have capacity).
- Show off your skills to the best of your ability and mentor younger, less-experienced team members.
- Keep the level of your work consistently high so you can build up a reputation for We all make mistakes but try to keep them to a minimum.
You won’t be considered for a promotion if you’re not acting the part and portraying a professional persona in or outside the office (yes, that includes social media posts). Always:
- Endeavour to be at work on time or call your manager if you are going to be late – just don’t make it a habit.
- Dress the part. Even if your workplace has a casual-dress policy, keep in mind you will be judged on your general appearance so keep it tidy.
- Be mindful of your language and general attitude towards colleagues and clients. This includes your tone when communicating via email as well as online chat applications, where certain words or phrases can easily be misconstrued as being unprofessional or worse, hostile.
Be A Go-Getter
Being good at your job and universally loved by everyone at the office does not automatically secure you a promotion. Try these suggestions to make yourself outshine the other might-be contenders.
- Always stay well-informed about what’s going on in your company.
- Continued learning is a great way to keep your skills sharp.
- Technology changes at a breakneck pace so stay relevant and take a short course or study part-time.
- Stay engaged with your colleagues and managers. Follow trends outside your normal business interests and suggest new ideas if and when the opportunity reveals itself.
There is always room for improvement in any organisation. If you can identify a gap in your organisation or a need for improvement and you have the required skills to do the job, offer your expertise. Often, these gaps are overlooked by higher management. Put forward a problem and solution scenario to management and see what they say. The same scenario applies to positions advertised within the organisation.
I didn’t get the promotion, what now? Here are two possible scenarios to consider moving forward.
- Ask the selection panel that made the decision for constructive feedback as to why your promotion was not successful and apply that feedback to learn how to improve your skills/relationships with everyone.
- If their feedback is not satisfactory and you deeply feel you’ve been ‘robbed’, maybe it’s time to look for a new job and go work for a company that will truly appreciate what you have to offer as a person and an employee.