Everyone desires a promotion at work. I’m sure you do, too. First off, it’s important to know why organisations promote people. It’s because they have seen your past and current results and they believe that you can do more if you have higher responsibilities and perks.
While you may not be able to demand a promotion, you can certainly position yourself for it. Here are four ways to position yourself for a promotion in your organisation.
One: Know what is important to your organisation. Promotion comes to those who have been seen to get results. What kind of results are needed right now? What major challenges must be surmounted? What is currently important to your organisation? I’m asking you to go beyond your day-to-day job description. Understand the big picture. Solving a huge challenge or hitting a big target gets the attention of everyone in the organisation.
Two: Do great work. When you understand the kind of results that your organisation needs, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Again, you will likely need to go the extra mile to get great results. Put your nose to the grind and give it all you’ve got. When you get promoted, you will be expected to put in a lot of work. Start practicing.
Three: Build quality relationships. You don’t have to make everyone like you, but it’s important to build and nurture relationships at work, especially with the people who can mentor you, support you and recommend you. Every once in a while, you need people who will help you to amplify the great work you are doing.
Four: Be visible. Woman to woman, I need to repeat this. Be visible. Women typically tend to be modest about what they have done and the results they have achieved. Not now and no more. When it comes to a promotion, it’s not enough to do great, effective work. A higher position means that you will probably be responsible for more people and more tasks. People need to know that you are up to it. They need to see you and have confidence in your abilities. Come out, speak up and be seen.
These four steps are not only great for positioning you for a promotion at your workplace. They will also stretch you into being an effective, confident problem-solver. Now, that’s gold.
To go even further into the specific hows of making your promotion a reality, check out this helpful resource from Fingerprint for Success highlighting actionable dos and don’ts on how to get promoted.