Promotion. Oh what a big word that carries with it big dreams and ambitions. Who among employees doesn’t seek a promotion? of course unless you are your own boss, or you are the CEO of a company, you probably won’t be interested in getting promoted .. or you think you won’t be Still, a promotion can come under different perspectives as we will highlight in this article, at least you can think of how to give promotions to your employees.
Promotion is what employees usually seek while performing their job, they want to get better, to climb up the ladder, to feel appreciated. What are the top 10 means for you as an employee to put yourself on the right track of promotions?
1- Promote that you want the job: If your manager doesn’t know you’re seeking the position, your risk the probability that he won’t suggest you for it. You need to let your manager, or the hiring manager for the higher position know how interested you are, and that you possess the capabilities of accomplishing the related tasks.
2- Ask for more responsibilities: Volunteer to help out on others’ tasks, helping other departments in their work, but of course not on the expense of not performing your own work. If you have some free time, make sure you inform your manager that you want to do more work, to handle more responsibilities, or even ask explicitly for handling extra responsibilities, and state what you exactly want to do!
3- Show your value to the company: Document the work you are performing to the organization. Managers tend to forget, so does employees. So whenever you perform something critical, how you made that excellent sales, how you fixed that critical problem, how you saved the company 10,000$, you got some appraisal from your colleague, your client, your manager or anyone you work with, keep it and share it with your managers at the right time. Don’t be shy to ask for recommendations!
4- Build good relationships with your manager and upper management: This is critical in getting the right promotion, and is in line with the other methodologies. As long as you’re doing your job well, your good relationship with your manager and executives will help you land that promotion as they will likely suggest you for the next promotion based on their work experience and knowledge of you personally.
5- Be a team player: try to work under the spirit of a team. Do not point fingers at people who do mistakes, make it a priority to get the work done, not who to blame. This will surely build your reputation and help you out when the promotion is in discussions. (for more info on team work, check out our article on Shedding Lights on Teamwork and Communication Problems!)
6- Work on your skills: in particular, the ones needed for your next career level. Attend trainings, give trainings, try to get more certificates, and always make sure your manager knows about it.
7- Always be professional: whether in your dress code, being positive all the time, asking the right questions at the right time, avoiding complaining, differentiating yourself from others; all of these prove a professional attitude essential for promotions.
8- Promote yourself: if there was one key point you need to focus on, make it this one! You need to learn self-promotion as it is at the heart of all the other means. Being modest is of course a key quality, but still this does not defy selling yourself and you key values. Show how great you are at certain skills. Send out weekly or monthly accomplishments to your manager or executives.
9- Build a network: the more people know you, know your strengths and your accomplishments, the more likely your name will be discussed on the next promotion. As a performance evaluation is made, this network will kick in with the positive feedback on you and your work levels.
10- Create opportunities: if you think there is an important position that needs to be available at the company, and you are the right person to perform it, go ahead and propose it. The worst case scenario you would have shown initiative and support for company growth and will be positively valued by your management.