Posted by Robert Half on 03 July 2015
Some people seem to rise up the corporate ladder faster than others. But what are they doing differently?
Promotions don’t happen overnight. And promotions aren't handed out simply. You need to lay the groundwork in the preceding months – and years – to see your chances of getting that dream job increase.
If you're looking to take the next step in your career and be recognised as a candidate worthy of a promotion, here are some solid tips on how to increase your chances of being promoted.
1. Underpromise, overdeliver
Nothing sells a worker’s capabilities more than the work itself. If your work productivity is above and beyond expectations, that’s a sure-fire way to be considered for a more senior role.
Modesty is certainly a virtue, but sometimes doing a great job isn’t enough for a promotion. Find a platform to advertise your achievements and be vocal about how you’re contributing to the company’s success. Be your own greatest supporter and promoter, but try not to be overbearing in your confidence. Initiate conversations with potential managers to let them know you’re interested in taking on more responsibilities for the team.
3. Be happy and professional
Who wants to work with negative people who complain all the time? Leaders look for emerging talent who see opportunities, not obstacles. Position yourself as a problem-solver with the foresight to see future possibilities. It also goes without saying that you should be professional at all times. That means dressing professionally and being punctual, cooperative and productive – but not aggressive when challenging discussions arise.
4. Make yourself invaluable
No one is irreplaceable. However, if you support your boss to the point that they can’t bear the thought of working without you, there’s a good chance you’ll rise together with them when they receive their own promotion. Establishing a solid bond with your manager also encourages them to support your endeavours to be promoted outside their department. If you find yourself constantly working with two or more superiors on projects, you’ll have to learn how to manage their expectations and deal with conflicting interests.
5. Be an internal networker
Don’t limit the networking efforts to your boss alone. Think about establishing your connections internally throughout the company. Often, it’s not just one person who makes the decision about an employee’s promotion. There are many stakeholders in the human-resourcing service. If everyone has positive things to say about you, it’s more likely you’ll increase your chances to get promoted faster. Don’t just depend on email interactions, either – organise lunch dates or socialise with internal associates.
6. Find your mentor
Last but not least, get yourself a mentor who can teach you the right leadership traits and help you gain some insights on how to get promoted fast. Those who attach themselves to workers higher up the ladder are more likely to be promoted. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have an advocate in the right places spreading the good word about your capabilities.
A promotion is possible if you take the right steps
Being promoted is great recognition from your company that they value your contributions and wish to be a part of your future career. However, promotions are earned, not simply handed out. If you're looking for the next promotion opportunity, keep these tips in mind to ensure you are on the right track to success.