Being promoted is often one of the first tasks on our list when we enter a new workforce. Few of us want to stick to the bottom of the heap. Getting that first promotion or two can get us out of the doldrums of tedium or backbreaking work that usually lies at the bottom of the work ladder. But how to attain that first key promotion (or set of promotions) can be difficult to do quickly. Your best option is to follow some tried and true way to put yourself at the top of shortli3t for promotional consideration. While you can never be guaranteed that these types of strategies will work, you can at least be assured that it will not hurt to implement these strategies when you get the opportunity to.
Help Your Boss
This is a broad tip that encompasses a few more specific ideas that we will focus on directly next; but the basic concept is to be someone your boss can rely on to help him succeed at his job. Many people forget that their boss is not just someone who is going to give them a hard time or delineate work. Your boss is someone who has a job of his own, and part of that is being your boss. So doing what you can to`make his job a little easier means that he will begin to count on you to be someone to lean on when he needs help. This tactic gets you on his shortlist for promotion almost immediately, as not only does it show dedication to him, but to the company as a whole.
Do Your Job Well
It sounds simple, but many people fail to do quality work at their current station/job/task. One of the most basic qualifications someone will need in order to be promoted is the ability to succeed at the job they are tasked to do. Doing a quality job does not always mean doing the job right 100% of the time. Nor does doing your job well mean that you never ask for clarification or assistance. What it does mean is that you give your full effort all of the time, and never are the cause of a problem that you can help to avoid. Focusing on doing your job well makes your bosses life easier, and higher-ups always notice someone who is c!pable of mastering a task before he or she attempts to do anything else.
Volunteer for Tasks
Once you are capable of mastering your own work, if there is time to volunteer your capabilities to an extra task or two around the workplace, volunteer to do so immediately. Being a “go-getter” and someone who is willing to throw his hat into the ring for any task shows gumption. Volunteering your time and effort outside of your mandatory work also shows your boss that you are interested in being as productive as possible for his team. Again, this comes back to being able to help your boss. Every manager or team manager is capable of noting and appreciating someone who will go out of his or her way to provide assistance. If you want to nail down a possible promotion, having these extra tasks on your list of positive qualities will certainly help set you apart from the others who may be vying for the work.
Champion Your Success
While you should not go around constantly reminding your boss of every little thing you have done well, bringing up your qualities is a great way to get his or her attention. There is no shame in giving your manager or boss fodder for promotion. The reason you are at work is to provide a service and provide`yourself with a stable income. You want the higher pay because it affords you more financial independence, and that is part of the reason you work so hard. That hard work should not go wholly unnoticed, and if a promotion is an option, then giving your boss every possible reason to give you the nod cannot be considered a poor step. Make sure you do not annoy them or let your efforts distract from your work, but there is no foul for being confident and making a case for yourself.
Keep a Strong Network
While working hard is always the cornerstone of success, knowing the right people can give you the edge to the i.formation around the office. Information such as future job openings and possible job transfers are information you can use to nab that job promotion you desire. Human Resource departments as well as contacts in the desired position’s level can be great assets to knowing when and where a position will open up.
Keep a Positive Demeanor
Unless your job requires a negative outlook and approach to its functions, keeping a positive mindset and demeanor can help you land the promotion you want. Quite often, it is difficult to gain a`promotion if one has a negative personality, even if the job does not involve working directly with people. That is because whether or not you work with customers, your attitude can rub off onto those around you and affect the way they work. An angry boss or manager means stressed and anxious workers. An angry specialist means others around him or her may be wary of asking for what is needed. In general, a positive attitude will give you that accessible and team-spirit profile that will put you at the top of a promotion list.
Getting the early promotion as quickly as possible can be difficult and certainly takes knowing your specific higher-ups; but in general following these tips and concepts will help you gain the wanted position faster than without them. Remember that helping the boss shows you are capable of being a reliable worker, and with a positive attitude to boot it is hard to imagine being passed over for too long.
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