How To Get Promoted?
All of employees dream of getting a promotion one day. It is very unlikely that someone who is granted the position of a manager would dream of working in that role forever. This is nonsense! We all want to progress, develop, and grow professionally. It doesn’t matter what kind of company we work for or what industry the company we work for operates within – we all need professional growth. And sooner or later we start thinking about getting a promotion, which is supposed to lead to increased responsibility, development, and new job opportunities in the future. However, not always we get what we want and sometimes it takes too long until our boss notices our efforts and recognizes them by offering a promotion.
It is important to understand that people get promoted by bringing value to the company they work for. And if that value is becoming more and more evident to your managers and supervisors you will likely get noticed. There is a good principle many managers stick to when it comes to promoting employees – if you are faithful in the little things, you will likely be faithful in the big things too. However, being faithful with what you have been entrusted is not enough today. One needs to accomplish more than that – it is about exceeding the expectations of your direct supervisors. So don’t be satisfied with good results in your daily responsibilities; instead aim for more and one day it may land you a higher job title.
Another thing you could do in order to increase your chances to get a promotion is to proactively learn about how things work in the company. Such approach to work gives you two advantages. First, your employer will notice your interest and desire to learn more, which is a great step towards a promotion. Second, you will know the company’s processes better which will enable you to cope with your present responsibilities as well prepare you for the upcoming position. Keep in mind that it is not about what you can get from the company, but rather what you can give to the company. Having such a company-oriented approach is the basic things in order to set the direction for future promotion.
Lastly, become a pro in what you are doing. Many people try to become everything mastering different kinds of jobs. And it is good, but the downside of such generalistic approach is that one often can’t get to the real high position because people with high job titles are fully devoted to the one area specifically. So if you know what you want to do in the future, then work toward that goal by learning more and practicing your skills. If you keep on developing your specific skills you will eventually become a go-to person, which is also a good thing for promotion perspectives.