You are a professional with a plan. You are a dedicated worker and great team player. You are “on board” in doing what you can to make your company the best that it can be. Now you are preparing to ask for a promotion.
Being that you take your career seriously and like to put yourself in the best position to accomplish your goals, you want a game plan. How do you best position yourself to get that next level opportunity that you want? Here are some ideas to put into motion your eventual step up the ladder.
1. Be One Of The Hardest Workers In Your Company.
Everybody knows who the hardest workers in the office are, and they are afforded a higher level of respect. The hardest workers are always paid more and promoted faster for a very simple reason: They get more done. They are more productive. They are more valuable to the organization. They set a better example, and are the type of employees that higher-ups are proud of and want to keep more than anyone else. Set a goal to work two extra hours per day. Come in an hour earlier and stay an hour later, perhaps. And when you work, work. Don’t spend the extra time, or any time, not being productive. Get things done. Also, take pride in your work. Take it personally. Consider your work as a reflection of your values. A reputation as a hard worker that produces great results is the type of employee that earns a higher position of responsibility.
2. Have A Positive Attitude.
Always show up with a mindset of bringing some positivity to the office. A part of working at most companies is toiling in close quarters with different personalities. You will prove to be a valuable employee that the bosses notice if you keep a positive attitude, stay focused on producing great work, attempt to get along with and be a role model for your co-workers, and avoiding being a gossip. While you do need to have an understanding of the office politics that matter, there is a difference between having your “ear to the street” and using gossip to cause dissention. You are looking to be promoted. You need to be above that and seen as a person that transcends the petty office stuff in favor of staying focused on the task of helping the company succeed.
3. Take On High Profile Projects.
Most people just do what is asked of them in their job description. While you must make sure that you are covering those bases, you should consistently be asking your boss for more responsibility and to be included on high profile projects. The fact is that you promote yourself every time you take on a new responsibility. You will eventually rise to the level of the responsibility you are willing to accept. There are no limits. Be the person that the higher ups trust to get the project done and soon you will be one of them.
4. Raise Your Hand.
One of the biggest mistakes that people who want to be promoted make is to never let the higher-ups know. They do good work and expect to sit back and have a promotion brought to them. Don’t take that chance. Once you have built your reputation as a hard worker with a positive attitude that gets the job done, let your boss know that you want a promotion. Raise your hand. The next level belongs to the askers, not those people who sit back wishing. You must step up and ask for what you want. If you don’t get it initially, you continue to put in the work, and then ask again and again until you do.
Put these steps into play immediately and watch how soon it is before you are being promoted to the next level. Your career is in your hands.