You’re a top performer at your company, you have put in the time, and now you’re ready to get to the next step, a promotion. Many opportunities have come and gone, and you find yourself asking, “why am I not getting the promotion I deserve?” Getting a promotion takes a lot of preparation and dedication, with just a bit of luck thrown in. You can ensure that you’ll be popping bottles the next time an opportunity comes your way by taking some proactive steps.
Follow Up Constantly
If you want a promotion, you need to be a pest, literally. Take the initiative to schedule frequent meetings (at least once per week) with your boss to review your performance. If you can, lead the conversation, and demonstrate how you have gone above and beyond the expected benchmarks and expectations. Always take notes to prove that you take feedback seriously and implement them immediately from previous conversations. You’ll need to schedule frequent follow-up meetings, but your diligence will pay off in the end.
Research the Job Inside and Out
If you want a promotion, do everything possible to make sure you are a good fit for the role. Determine if your skills and knowledge are suitable for the part, and find out how to fill in the missing gaps. A great idea is shadowing a coworker in the position to evaluate what it takes to be successful. The more engaged you are in the process, the more likely you’ll be sitting in the boss chair in no time. Go outside of your comfort zone, and request work beyond your job description.
Document Your Performance
At the end of the day, whatever company you work at is a business. Your company cares about one thing, “how are you going to make us more money?” Your supervisor probably doesn’t have a record of every achievement, so you should keep a log of your work in quantifiable terms. Demonstrating that you increased sales, launched a project, or developed a new initiative shows that up are thinking outside of the box. It’s this type of savvy that will separate you from the rest of the pack.
A negative Nancy will never get promoted! Understand that a promotion is a process, and expecting it right now is not realistic. Don’t let your performance slip or bad mouth other coworkers or your managers. It’s essential to remain calm under pressure and be a role model for your team and others. Whatever extra responsibilities are delegated, embrace them willingly. It’s often a “trial run” to ensure you are the right person for the job. Stay out of office politics, and don’t hang around others who have a terrible reputation.
Seek Positive Attention
It’s hard to stand out among a large group of employees. If you have a fly under the radar mentality, you’ll be stuck in that entry-level position forever. Get involved during staff meetings or inter-departmental committees. You can demonstrate your work ethic and character by having the right people at the company seeing you involved.
A promotion is a life-changing opportunity. Remember that time waits for no one, and act as if it is your last chance. Most of all, remain self-confident that you can do what it takes to get to the top!