If you are looking to get promoted, you can’t simply sit back and expect to be seen. You have to make a concerted effort from your side to have any chance of being even considered for promotion.
Here are some crucial things you can do to improve your chances of promotion:
Do Your Job Well
The first most important thing you can do is do your current job well. Be focused and productive, ensuring you complete all your tasks to the highest degree of perfection. Regardless of how big or small the task is, commit to doing it to the best of your ability. After all, how well you are handling your current workload is the most powerful indicator of your potential to perform at a higher post.
Quietly delivering good results is not enough. You need to make sure your superiors know of your efforts. Boldly take credit for your achievements and make sure supervisors and managers know of your commitment to delivering high-quality results.
Go Above And Beyond
If you want to stand out in the eyes of the management then you need to go beyond what is required of you. You have to show an active interest in wanting to take on more responsibilities. Volunteer to help your superiors or co-workers with their jobs.
Show initiative and actively participate in new projects. When you will show your potential to do more and your commitment to performing at the highest level, the management will see you as someone ready to take on a role with more responsibilities.
Build Key Relationships
Having connections might sound like an antiquated notion in today’s workplace. However, it is more about establishing positive work relationships with those in key positions so they know you and are personally aware of your capabilities.
It is important here to know of the hierarchy in your office and to identify those in key positions. Accordingly, establishing good relations with them can increase your chances of promotion when the time comes.
Know Your Limits And Commit Accordingly
There are times when you have to take on more work. However, never take on more than you can handle. If you think you can’t finish the new tasks on time don’t be afraid to say so. Ask for more time or politely but firmly say no.
You want to be known as someone who delivers on his commitments with integrity and not as a pushover who doesn’t know when to say no. To be suited for positions of higher responsibility you have to show self-assuredness and self-awareness and you need to know when to say no.
Do Not Hesitate To Ask Why
If you are passed over for promotion, don’t hesitate to ask why. Let them know you are interested in moving up in the company. Additionally, it is important to know what your management is looking for so you can look to add to your skills accordingly and be better placed for getting the next promotion when the opportunity presents itself.
I do hope that this information will provide you with what is required to go out there and achieve all that you have set out to achieve. All the best.