So you are ready to move up. You’ve put in some time at work and now it’s time to make a move.
So here are a few things you can do right now to get a promotion at work, fast!
Make sure you’re visible
You can’t get promoted if you aren’t getting seen. If you are the type of person who shows up every day and quietly does your job you are a great candidate, to keep doing your job.
I’m not saying this is a bad quality but it doesn’t lend itself to promotion in most dynamic companies where people enjoy working.
Do something bold.
Volunteer for the new project, show your manager your idea for improving work flow or increase your sales by 15% for the next three months. Do something that gets your recognized, in a good way.
And by the way, whining to the boss about other employees is not getting yourself noticed. It’s being a pain. Be the best you can be and help the company get better. Forget about the people who drive you crazy. Honestly if you are the type of person who is easily annoyed you will find it really hard to get promoted.
The next paragraph will explain why.
Clean up well
This doesn’t mean wear a tuxedo, but make sure you look, and act, presentable.
- Are your clothes clean and presentable?
- Are you positive around your peers?
- Are you an asset to the company?
This goes along way towards getting you promoted. Don’t worry about going to the company barbecue and sucking up to the boss if you are grimy and grouchy. And if you’re clean and positive, you won’t need to worry about sucking up to the boss because she’ll be glad you’re around.
Become incredibly valuable
What can you do to bring TONS of value to the company?
Can you commit to showing up early every Wednesday morning to send out 25 extra emails? Is there a mentorship that you can head up to help up-and-comers learn the ropes?
Things like this really help a company grow and really make you indispensable. The more value you can add to the company the more valuable you become.
Put yourself in the shoes of your management. What could you do to make their lives easier? If you can consistently do this, they will want to give you as much as possible.
Know what opportunities are available and where you want to go
So, to what position exactly are you trying to get promoted?
Raises usually come with a different set of responsibilities. What are you going to have to manage if you were promoted? Learn as much about the position as you can. If you find that you can take on some of that responsibility now, do it.
If you are already doing a great job at your job and you can handle the next set of duties as well, promoting you will be a no-brainer.
Apply, the right way
This is 1962 style employee mentality. Ask how you can become more valuable, what you can do to take on more responsibilities or how you can advance.
If you already know what it takes, and you are doing it, explain that you are really enjoying the work and would like the opportunity to do it full-time. These seemingly small semantics are actually huge because they show the management that you are dedicated to advancing the company, not just your own self-interests.
It is much easier to promote someone who wants to make everyone money, than someone who is just looking out for themselves.
Make sure your resume reflects more about adding value to the company, than about your personal achievements. Your color scheme, layout and font play a big role in the psychology of promotion as well.
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Nail the interview
When you are put through the process of advancement, there will be some type of job interview. It may be formal or informal but at some point your potential peers will want to get a feel for who you are.
You’ll want to know some job interview questions and answers. Even if this is a low-key barbecue they will be asking you a different set of questions than if you were just a neighbor.
They aren’t going to ask you what you do.
This is a lot different than what you go through when you tried to get a job with no experience. These questions will be different. There won’t be any softballs here like, “Tell us about yourself.” These will be a deeper set of questions designed to make you think in front of them.
You will want to anticipate your answers and have your ideas solidified before the interview ever starts. Make sure you dress appropriately, clean up well and speak clearly. Also, smile when you talk. It goes along way.
If you do these six things you will be absolutely irresistible at work.
- Make sure you’re visible,
- Clean up well,
- Add the most value you possibly can,
- Know where you will be going,
- Apply the right way
- Nail the interview.
Oh yeah, and when you get that promotion, invite me to the party!