Ready for a promotion? If you’re eager to take the next step in your career, creating a strategy to put yourself in position for a promotion is key. Hard work is important, but it’s just part of the equation. If you want a promotion, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Understanding the landscape, as well as the skills you bring, will help you adopt the right strategy to set you up for success. Here are 4 best practices that will demonstrate to your boss, and your team, that you’re ready for that big promotion.
Lead by example
If your boss asks you to complete a task, don’t just do the bare minimum. Make sure you understand what’s needed and deliver before the deadline. Demonstrate how you could add value by offering to help further or providing additional information that helps your boss achieve their goals with the task. Consistently do your best work with a positive attitude. People will notice. Adopt this trait and you’ll build a solid reputation for delivering results and being a great person to work with.
Brighten up the office
Attitude can take you a long way in life, and a cheery, optimistic demeanor can make a difference in the workplace. It’s important to be yourself but try to be someone your coworkers enjoy working with as well. The people who typically get promoted keep their cool under stress. They meet deadlines and ask relevant, intelligent questions. When an issue arises, they want to solve it and work to avoid future problems by learning from their mistakes
Show pride in your work
Competence, diligence, intelligence, loyalty – these all matter, but what matters most is the inherent will to do the best work possible. The work is what matters, and employees who take their job seriously, who own their work as a reflection of their values and take pride in doing good work, are the employees who are trusted with positions of responsibility.
Communicate with your boss
Sometimes, showing your boss you’re ready to move up is as simple as saying it out loud. If you are targeting a promotion, it’s important for your boss to know your goal. Without direct communication, you may think you know what the next step in your career requires but find yourself missing the mark. Start a dialogue with your boss and use the feedback you receive to create a roadmap for how you will move forward.
Standing out to your employer doesn’t have to be calculated. In fact, the steps you can take are easy. And if you’re already a quality employee who always gets the job done, you most likely already practice these habits and have shown your boss you’re ready to move up the ladder.
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