You have been at your current position for some time now, and you like your job. You are good at it, and you are well-liked by your co-workers and your supervisors. So, why aren’t you getting promoted?
If you have been passed over for promotions and you feel you just aren’t moving up as fast as you should be, you may not be taking the steps you need to get noticed and get that job. Here are five strategies that can put you on the track for that next choice position.
1. Be Visible.
If you are quietly working away, taking on extra projects and doing an amazing job, then good for you! But, if no one knows about it, it doesn’t do you much good. Many people have difficulty letting others know about their assets and successes. It makes them feel like they are tooting their own horn. But, if you want the boss to recognize your hard work and talent, you have to show them.
2. Be Sociable.
This may be hard for you introverts, but i’m sorry to say it is necessary. Participate in workplace activities. Go have lunch with co-workers. Join the boss in a game of golf or the company softball team. Get to know people in other departments. This is called networking and it is a vital part of your job if you want to be seen as someone with advancement potential.
3. Go the Extra Mile.
Just showing up and doing a good job isn’t always enough to get noticed and get promoted. It is important to go the extra mile.
Show up early, leave a bit late. Volunteer for extra projects. Show new people the ropes. Put your own special touch on the things that you do. Own your position.
By the same token, it is important that you don’t undervalue yourself. Your time and your skill is valuable, so yes, go the extra mile, but don’t let yourself be taken advantage of, and be sure you get credit for your hard work.
4. Learn New Skills.
Keep learning. This is very important. Updating your skills is a great way to improve your chances of getting a promotion. Take an online class or learn a second language. Is your department getting new software or equipment? Be an early adopter and master it first.
5. Ask For What You Want.
Never assume that your employer knows you want a promotion or a new position. The “squeaky wheel gets the grease” is a common saying for a reason. There is nothing wrong with letting your boss know that you intend to advance your career.
Always be sure that you give the impression that you enjoy your current position, you don’t want to seem unsatisfied.
If you have been practicing these tips for some time and nothing is happening, it may be that your company is not the best place to advance. If this is the case, you may want to start looking for a better position elsewhere.