Everybody has their eyes on that big promotion. Who wouldn’t? More money, more prestige, more power… It’s certainly an eye-grabber. In fact, for many people it’s a necessary part of what they want to do. Lots of people want to move up the corporate ladder and upgrade their professional life.
But this means that lots of people are going to be gunning for that promotion as well, increasing the competition and, in turn, the steps necessary to land it.
This means that everybody’s going to have to work twice as hard (or more so) to beat out the competitors. Because, again, who doesn’t want to land a big fat promotion? So you’ve got to expect to work not only hard, but smart as well, because everybody else will be doing so.
It’s going to be tough, but you’re going to need to know all the essentials necessary to elevate yourself above the competition. If you don’t know these essentials, then you shouldn’t be surprised when Jim or Carol (or Steve, whom you hate so much) land the promotion instead. It’ll be because they took the time to prepare themselves to be the most suitable candidates around, and they’ll deserve it because they armed themselves with the knowledge necessary to be promoted.
So, in the interest of leaving your coworkers jealous of your success, here are the most important tips for landing that big promotion for yourself (and preventing Steve from becoming your superior in the process).
If you follow these tips well enough, then maybe you won’t even need to ask for the promotion; it might just be offered to you for being such an awesome worker.
6 Learn Why Others Were Promoted Before You
5 Develop Your Influence (Know The Right People)
You might hate it, but strategic networking is invaluable to those looking to move up the corporate ladder. In general, it’s smart to be well-liked by your colleagues and peers. But to get the most bang for your buck, start attaching yourself to the people with the power to upgrade your career.
4 Make Your Boss Look Good
A sure-fire way of moving to the top of the promotion list is by making your boss look good in front of his boss. Bosses LOVE this (well, I guess everybody does), so take advantage of opportunities that allow this.
For instance, if you and your team just successfully completed a project, applaud the boss for his leadership skills. If your boss is at a loss for words during a meeting, step in with a question or comment that you know for sure the boss can answer. Just have their back and make them look good, kind of like you would for a close friend.
3 Create A Success Wheel
When your boss is sitting in their office deciding who’s going to get the promotion, you need them to actually need time to go over all your accomplishments. How can you do this? By having a string of accomplishments for them to mull over.
2 Share Your Accomplishments
Of course, it’s important that you work hard and take on projects, but you can’t just rely on your accomplishments to speak for themselves. No, you’ve got to make it known that you’re doing great work.
1 Ask For The Promotion
Everything you’ve done has led up to this point. For some people, this is actually harder than all the other tips. But at the end of the day you can’t just hope for a promotion, you have to go out and take it!
Remember, anybody can be promoted so long as they’re willing to work hard, and work even smarter. Once you get those things out of the way, you probably won’t even need to ask for the promotion. It’ll be handed to you on a silver platter.
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