How to Get a Promotion

As you continue on your career path, chances are you have asked yourself this question; “How can I get a promotion?”  In today’s job market, the competition for a promotion is extremely high. There are many different ways to advance your career, including earning a college degree or getting specialized skills training, among other soft skills. To help advance your career, check out these principles for tips that can help you earn a promotion.

Be a Front Runner

In order to be considered for a promotion, it is important to prove that you deserve it. You should be working harder than your peers, and going the extra mile in everything you do. Imagine a line of 10 people, one standing right behind the other. It’s pretty hard to get noticed if you’re not in the front of that line.

Taking on additional responsibilities that you know you would do if you got the promotion is another beneficial way to get noticed. There is nothing like proving you can do the job before you even have it.  Also, make sure to dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

Focus on Personal Development

While you’re thinking about your next career move, it is also important that you further develop your strengths and address any weaknesses as you prepare for earning a promotion. Focusing on your natural strengths will help you excel in what you do best. Honestly addressing your weaknesses so you can improve is also important to making sure your performance doesn’t stop you from getting promoted.

Quality managers will help you move up in the company by assisting in your professional development. Having direct discussions with them about where you want your career to go can positively impact your chances for promotion. Networking with your peers and leadership across the organization is also critical. Connect with them on LinkedIn or schedule a lunch meeting and begin building a professional relationship.

Understand Your Value

In case you don’t get the promotion, it is smart to make sure you know what to do next and how to improve. Any company that values its employees will help you grow as a professional within the organization. If you truly believe you are ready for the next step in your career, keep an eye out for other external opportunities. An intelligent, driven, and proactive employee is something that every organization should value, so keep up the hard work. 

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Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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