Are you tired of watching others get promoted? You’ve been in your position longer, have a stronger skill set, and are on good terms with your boss.
Getting a promotion requires more than that.
Here’s how you can too.
1. Learn new skills
Often, moving up the career ladder requires more or different skills than your current position. Preparation is key. Do whatever is necessary to gain this knowledge; this could be an e-learning course through a trade association or college. Talk to your boss about this; ask their opinion of the best and most suitable courses. Learning demonstrates that you’re more than willing to do what it takes to move up. Keep your boss in your learning loop. Once you’ve completed something significant in your studies, show them your progress.
Ask if there are ‘shadowing’ opportunities; this is working with someone in a senior role whose responsibilities align with your desired promotion. It’s an excellent way to learn, and it shows that you’re committed and determined.
2. Step Up
Enthusiastically volunteer for any additional assignments or projects. Your boss will only trust you with more responsibility if you prove that you can handle it. Show them that you are competent, confident, and calm with this additional workload. Once your boss sees you are skilled at handling additional responsibilities, they will know that you’re capable of handling more than your current requirements.
3. Track Your Work
Many employees believe their work speaks for itself; that if you work hard and keep your heads down, you’ll be rewarded. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. While lousy work is sure to be noticed, good work rarely makes a splash.
Track your accomplishments and the effects your projects have had on the company’s bigger picture. Did the software that you developed result in increased revenues, or greater efficiency? Make a list of these triumphs and discuss these in your next review.
4. Stay Above the Fray
Act like a boss; employees who advance are the ones who know to stay above the fray. Click here for resources on how to stay out of company politics. Every workplace has cliques; Don’t be in one group, practice inclusiveness with everyone on the team. Treat all with the same respect, interest, and niceties that you would the boss.
Don’t gossip. It may be tempting to share a titillating story about a coworker or vent your frustration about a recent encounter with a coworker or boss. If you do this, you could tank any potential future promotion. Keep your opinions to yourself, and only vent outside of work.
5. Speak Up in Meetings
If you tend to stay quiet at your company meetings, you’re not showing leadership skills. Start contributing insight and information specific to your projects. Offer ideas and concepts that demonstrate you can think outside of the box. Contribute regularly. Leaders lead through vocalization, vision, and team collaboration. Show that you’re comfortable speaking and sharing.