5 Strategies That Will Help you get Promoted at Work

Posted by Melissa Tham on 26-Apr-2018 00:00:00

If you are reading this, you know you are ready to take a step further in your career. You love your organisation but is itching to get ahead.  You want to prove to your boss that you have got what it takes to get to the next level. You are complacent in your current role and is willing to take on more responsibility and workload. Nothing highlights an individual’s achievement more than a promotion at work.

Here are 5 strategies that will help you get promoted at work:

 1. Be enthusiastic

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment”-Norman Vincent Peale, Author of The Power of Positive Thinking

Display your commitment and excitement for the company cause. When you are passionate about your work, your boss will notice the efforts and energy you have put in. He may likely consider having you in another position where your energy can inspire others to perform. Go out of your way to tell your boss what you like about your job. This will help your boss focus on the parts of the job you do best and identify potential opportunities for advancement. It will also help others notice that you have been doing your job well enough to shine!

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 2. Network

The more people you know within your company and those outside it, the greater your chances of being offered a new role. When people know about your strengths and abilities, the more likely that people will think of you when opportunities arise. It is not enough to just be working hard in your role and nobody knows about you. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” that matters when you are preparing to take the next step up the career ladder. In addition, when you network, you are building relationships and making connections that can be critical for long term career success. Networking will not only create more business opportunities for you, but inspire new ideas, share information and collaborate with the right people for professional development.

 3. Go the extra mile

If you do more than what is required of you, you will win grateful colleagues and show your boss that you are ready to take on more work outside your assigned job scope. Volunteer to manage tasks and be responsible for projects. Ask for advice on what you can do to be more valuable to the organisation. You will not get much positive attention or be noticed by higher-ups unless you do more than what is expected of you. More is always better, when it comes to work.

 4. Have an opinion

When you speak up or take a stand, it demonstrates your intelligence, thoughtfulness and that you care about what is happening around you. It does not matter whether your suggestions are being accepted or they are right or wrong. The more you chime in during discussions and meetings, the higher the chances of you getting recognized by others in the company. When people come to you for advice or seek your insights on work matters, it is a clear sign that they respect your judgement and look to you for guidance. Your bosses will also sit up and notice when you have ideas for contributing to the success of the company.

 5. Build a claim to fame

“Great things never came from comfort zones”

You need to have some stand-out achievement in order to get promoted. It is not enough to have great personal skills or technical know-how. For example, you will need to sort out a crisis, start an initiative or do something that makes people take notice. If no one knows how brilliant you are, you won’t get ahead. While we have been taught to be humble and modest, it is important to sell yourself if you want to go far in your career. We live in highly competitive times, so having the edge over another colleague often boils down to not only being good at what you do, but making sure that those above you know it too. If you have had any groundbreaking accomplishments or created any new programs to achieve efficiency at work, make sure that your bosses and the higher-ups know about it. We live in highly competitive times, so having the edge over someone else often boils down to not only being good at what you do, but making sure that those above you know it too.

We hope that this article is helpful. Do you have any tips you would like to add?

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Topics: Performance Management

Written by Melissa Tham