If you want to improve your life this year, one of the things you simply cannot neglect is your career. After all, how happy and successful you are at work will have a direct impact on the other areas of your life – your health, your relationships, your bank account, etc. Many people tend to wait around for promotions, trusting that if they show up to work on time, do what’s asked of them, and don’t screw anything up too badly, promotions will come after a certain amount of time has passed. But you aren’t most people, right? If you want to get promoted this year, there’s a whole lot more you can do that wait and hope. Today, let’s look at 4 ways you can drastically increase your chances of landing a promotion this year.
Step 1 – State your Intentions
You need to tell your direct supervisor that you are looking for more responsibility. If you seem satisfied just doing your current job, it can be easy for you to be overlooked when promotion time rolls around. Show your current boss that you are hungry for more. Be clear about your intentions. Just say something like this. “I really enjoy my current role, but I’d love to learn more about how XYZ works.” This lets your manager know you want to do more. Don’t be afraid to show them you have a fire in your belly and a desire to climb the ladder at work.
Step 2 – Dress for your Next Role
You want upper management to look at you and easily be able to see you in the role you hope to have. So give yourself a quick check over. How are you dressing? How are you talking? You want to look and sound like a perfect fit for your future role. Not sure what that is? Look at your supervisors and use them as a general guideline.
Step 3 – Learn On the Job
Learn everything you can about your current job, even the parts that don’t directly fall under your current role or your dream next role. By learning how all the pieces go together at your company and in your industry, you’ll start to gain a reputation of being the person who best understands the business. How can you do this? Ask questions all the time. Don’t go to lunch with the same coworker every day. Get to know each person. Grab a coffee with someone from this department today and someone from that department tomorrow. If you are naturally shy or introverted, don’t worry, you don’t have to talk much. Ask them what is the biggest challenge in their role, or one thing they wish the company would change. Trust me, they’ll be thrilled to talk and talk about their own issues and you can just sit, listen, and learn. Soon, you’ll be the most informed person at your company and that makes your more powerful, more valuable, and more likely to be promoted.
Step 4 – Learn Off the Job
This is the final step. If you really want to get promoted, this is the fastest way. Take a professional course online and earn a certificate related to your job. Then, after completing it, notify your boss of your accomplishment. Be sure to tell them why. Say something like this. “Lately, I’ve been really interested in the topic of XYZ. After talking with so-and-so and so-and-so, I realized that this is going to be an increasingly important knowledge area at our firm, so I just earned a certificate in XYZ. I’d love to talk about a few ideas I have for our company based on what I learned.” Professional courses are an investment in yourself and a fantastic way to set yourself apart from your peers.
How can they not promote you? You look and sound perfect for the role, you’ve been very clear what your goals are, you know so much about the company, and you have earned fresh credentials in your field.
Get started on these 4 steps today, and I am sure you will get promoted, improve your career, and improve your life this year.
To your daily growth!