It’s important to know what to do to make sure you don’t get overlooked for a promotion when the opportunity presents itself. Our 10 tips featured here will put you on a path to getting your next promotion faster by highlighting strategies such as being proactive, displaying strong initiative to decision makers, and showcasing your leadership qualities.
(1) Do the job you want first, then get it.
This has been a personal philosophy of mine throughout my career. I always started doing the job above me before I was promoted into it. I never undermined my boss, but when it came time for my boss to be promoted, it made my boss's promotion come easier knowing I was there to take on her/his job.
(2) Take initiative.
Don't wait for things to happen. Said another way... Go make stuff happen. Don't always wait for permission. Sometimes asking for forgiveness is the right path since it means you got something done.
(3) Select a department that will showcase your strengths.
Don't be a salmon swimming upstream every time, unless you actually like fighting with management all the time. Find a profession and a culture that complements your work style so you shine and accelerate faster.
(4) Make your boss's priorities your priorities.
Know your boss's goals and do the work to support him/her. Period.
(5) Make your boss look good.
Promote your boss's achievements. Be an awesome subordinate (whether or not your boss contributes to your success). Many times, if your boss knows you have their back, they will promote you as they go up.
(6) Train / Mentor others without having to be asked.
When it comes time to look for those with experience bringing others up through the ranks, when you have mentored others without being asked, you can say you have experience. Goes back to doing the job you want, then getting it.
(7) Be the go-to person people like to work with to get stuff done on challenging projects.
Who is the person in your department/company people go to for answers and getting things done? If it's not you, you have work to do.
(8) Fix critical issues no one else wants to tackle.
Be the hero.
(9) Don't lose sight of the long-term strategy while working on short-term projects.
Show that you have the ability to look long term to demonstrate you have strategic vision. Don't get lost in the short-term details or you can get pegged as a good doer and not as an effective leader, if that's your goal.
(10) Prioritize your ascent.
Don't leave it to chance. No one will promote you if you are waiting around for it. Make time to develop your skills. Ask what it takes to get promoted and do that as your plan. Don't wait to be chosen. Ensure you are the clear choice when the time arises.
Part of prioritizing your ascent is having your resume ready, your profile updated and your network primed and ready to help you.
If you feel that your:
- Resume isn't ready.
- LinkedIn Profile is not updated.
- Network hasn't heard from you in a long while (and it's certainly not primed to help you).
Then you want to prioritize yourself and take the first step in choosing to hire us to help you get there. Choose the way you want us to help you get promoted:
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