If you want a promotion at work, you must demonstrate to your boss that you’re promotable.
Given all the movement in the marketplace, this is the perfect time to score a promotion at work.
Here are 7 ways to show you are “promotion-ready” PLUS 3 strategies to improve your odds of getting the promotion you deserve NOW.
- Make your boss’s life easier. Volunteer to take projects off your boss’s plate. Step up and handle their responsibilities when they’re out of the office so they can be worry-free when they are away.
- Build strong relationships with peers and those above you. Often when a boss gets ready to choose someone for a promotion, they seek input from others. People who have taken the time to build solid relationships at work are more apt to have a team of people pulling for them than those who have not.
- Excel in your communication skills. Getting promoted often involves stepping into a leadership role. To be successful in leadership, you must have strong communication skills. You can build these skills by educating yourself on ways to communicate more effectively and by working with a coach to help you apply your learning in real-time.
- Keep cool under stress. The people who typically get promoted keep their cool under stress. When issues arise, they look for ways to solve problems and do so without any drama.
- Early on, ask your boss for feedback. I advise my coaching clients interested in receiving a promotion to ask their boss what skills they need to build upon to secure their next promotion. Then, take action and begin to work on those areas where improvement is required.
- Ask for a promotion. Too often, people sit back and wait to be promoted. Many are then disappointed when the job goes to someone else. If you want a promotion, you need to tell your manager that you’re interested in being promoted. Be prepared to share the reasons why you feel fully ready to take on a new role.
- Look for ways to add value to the organization. The people who get promoted the fastest are those who add to the bottom line. Look for ways to bring in revenue or save money and be prepared to share the results you’ve achieved with your boss when requesting your promotion.
Three strategies to improve your odds of getting a promotion at work:
- Make it super easy for your boss to plead your case. Provide your boss with a list of “talking points” that summarize why you deserve the promotion. Support your reasons with bottom-line numbers that are tied to your company’s objectives.
- Demonstrate to your boss that you’re investing in yourself. Inform your boss of classes you’ve taken to improve your skills. If you’ve invested in a coach, let your boss know, as this will send a message that you’re committed to self-improvement.
- Create your own opportunities. If you see an area in your organization that has been neglected—and you have the skills to improve this area—write a proposal for a new position. Even if your proposal is not accepted, you’ve just shown that you take the initiative. This move can only help you the next time you request a promotion.
There’s never been a better time to secure a promotion. However, there is no telling when this window will close. If you’re serious about advancing your career, then there is no time like the present to make it so.
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