Promotions can be hard to achieve. While we would all like to be promoted, it can seem hard when you have worked at a firm for a long time and the prospect of promotion has never quite materialized. Or when people around you are getting promotions and you are alone in not getting one. If this is the situation you find yourself in, you have to channel your frustration into getting a promotion. It is possible, provided you think carefully about it.
Here are 7 tips to help you get a promotion:
1. Be friendly with the boss
It may sound cynical, but at times there is nothing more you can do than get really friendly with your boss. It may seem like a trite tip, but it is a worthy one. If you are on good terms with your boss, he/she is much more likely to consider you for promotion and you likely will be first to know when promotions arise.
2. Put the hours in
Someone who is well known for being hard-working is much more likely to receive a promotion than someone who just doesn’t put a lot of effort into their job. Make sure that people KNOW you are working hard, so you receive recognition for it.
3. Be friendly with everyone
Don’t jump on people’s backs in an effort to get a promotion as this could come to haunt you down the line. The thing to do is to get along well with everyone, so people will not resent you when you do get promoted. This is a philosophy that I have always subscribed to and it always served me well. When I worked at a school — which can be a hard place to work — I learned that if I was nice to people, eventually they would be nice back. This served me well, and I was subsequently promoted from an assistant to a proper teacher.
4. Be determined
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you will be successful”
— Eric Thomas.
The above quote is very apt. It shows that those who are really determined to meet their goals will do so eventually. If you want a promotion, work hard for it and it will definitely come one day.
5. Don’t give up
“Never give up on anything that you cannot go a day without thinking about”
— Winston Churchill.
We all experience failure in life, but the important thing is to rise from it, for failure often drives us on to better things. If you do not get one promotion, it may mean that you are in line for a better one.
6. Be innovative in your job
Bosses like a lot of initiative, so try and look beyond your job requirements and think about how to contribute to the company outside of what you are paid to do. You would be surprised at how far a little effort goes in the long run.
7. Be patient
As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so if you consistently work toward getting a promotion, it is likely that it will happen in the end. You just need to have some patience, which is again something easier said than done, but being patient will allow you to feel better in the end about yourself. Often in life the hard things are worth waiting for, and a promotion is definitely one of those things.
About Mary Isabale
Mary Isabale is a career expert and experienced hiring manager. She’s written more than 100 articles on career advancement and unemployment issues.
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