No one wants to be stagnant in their career. No matter how much you enjoy your job, you want to feel a sense of improvement and reward. If you stay in the same role for years on end, you will inevitably end up feeling bored, dissatisfied and undervalued.
Ideally, you will have the opportunity to progress in your career, learning new skills and gaining extra responsibility over time. This will keep your job stimulating and enable you to improve your skill set — not to mention the increased salary that comes with a more senior role.
But how can you make sure you stay on track for a promotion in your job? (If that’s what you want, that is.) Here are four tips for landing a promotion at work.
Improve your skill set
No matter how good you may be at your job, there is always more you can learn. Make an effort to keep improving your skills, gaining new knowledge, and upskilling at every opportunity. This might involve asking a more senior member of the team for advice, reading up on your industry, or asking your boss if you can attend an upcoming leadership seminar. Some jobs offer a stipend for continuing education. I currently take Skillshare courses to improve my skills, but I’ve also attended professional events. By expanding your abilities, you will not only attract the attention of senior management, but you will also turn yourself into a valuable asset that the company cannot afford to lose.
Go above and beyond
Anyone can do the bare minimum. You need to demonstrate to your boss why you are worthy of a promotion. Go above and beyond at every opportunity. Whether you’re delivering a presentation to a client, taking minutes from a meeting, or managing a project, make an effort to deliver your best work.
Put the time in
You can’t expect to work your way up to CEO in a matter of weeks. You need to put the time in if you want to make headway in your career. This means working in a job role for a significant amount of time before going for promotion. Not only do you need to gain the relevant experience, but you need to show that you are committed to your organization. Of course, if you sense that there is no promotion coming your way, it’s OK to find a job where you can advance.
Speak to your boss
One of the most simple and effective ways to improve your chances of a promotion is to talk to the person who makes all the decisions. Schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss your future within the company and let them know that you are hoping for some career progression. Your proactiveness will show your commitment to the job and will set you up for future success. Even if there are no senior vacancies currently up for grabs, your boss will likely consider you for future opportunities.
Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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