When you start a new job, begin to plan for the next promotion immediately. Start by staying focused on the job you were hired. Never assume that you will be promoted every year since promotions are never given. Promotions also are not always an upward path. Earlier workers used to progress along specific career paths in their careers, but globalization, technology, and flatter organizational structures have changed the paradigm. This has enabled employees to manage and create their own career paths. As an employee, one needs to make a lateral step to position oneself a later upward step. You have to develop promotion plan. Here are various ways you can get a promotion at work.
Create a bond with your boss
Every boss in every company can either make employee move to the next step or can block an employee from any movement within the company. Let your boss be a key supporter of the promotion. Try to be professional and seek counsel and show interest in staying with the company to your boss. Talk to your boss about roadblock to the promotion via performance appraisals. Be open to the boss by building rapport and learning more about his or her hobbies and interest.
Ask for more responsibilities
Asking for more responsibilities at the workplace is one way which can land you to promotion very fast. Always try to volunteer in helping other departments and increase your value within the company. Remember that when you ask for more responsibilities, it shows the desire and interest to help your organization and the department to succeed.
Have the right attitude
Every time you think of promotion at work, make sure you have adjusted your attitude. Be more optimistic and positive and avoid “glass half empty” mentality. According to a survey, sixty-two percent of employers have discovered that pessimistic or negative attitude in employees has denied them chances for promotion. Avoid negative attitude that may make you show up at wok late, regularly leaving the work early, using vulgar language and taking too many sick days.
Acquire new skills and knowledge
This is another very important way that can make you get a promotion at work. Try to expand the knowledge and the skills sets in critical areas of the organization. This will not only land you to a promotion but you will stay very marketable. Pay attention to events and trends outside your specialty and also keep current with industry news.
Always act professionally
Try to earn a reputation for being professional, cooperative and dependable at all times. Consult every time you are not sure before doing something, dress neatly and professionally during work days even on casual days, have positive outlook on things especially in tough situations, avoid blaming others or complaining when things are not working well, avoid becoming a clock-watcher and try to make a name for yourself through speeches, conferences, and articles. Become a problem-solver and when a difficult situation arises, come up with solutions before seeking your boss.