Getting a promotion could be a way of taking your career to the next level and earning more money. However, landing a promotion isn’t always easy. In some jobs, it can take years of hard work to prove yourself – especially if you’re competing with lots of other colleagues for the position. Below are five ways in which you can increase your chances of getting a promotion.
Show that you’re organised
Many employers see organisation as a key skill. This means being able to manage your time well, arriving on time to work and generally keeping things clean and uncluttered. If being organised doesn’t come naturally to you, this might be an area to work on.
Take on more responsibility
Showing that you’re willing and able to take on more responsibility will put you in the running for getting a promotion. This could include agreeing to train new employees and volunteering to run errands. There may be the option to take on fire marshal training or first aid training – this could give you extra skills that enable you to be a more valuable asset within the team. Taking on more responsibility means more work and potentially more stress, but it’s something you need to be prepared to do if you’re trying to land a promotion.
Go the extra mile with each task you do
You won’t get a promotion by doing the bare minimum. You need to over-exceed in each task – going above and beyond to please clients. Your employer also needs to see this extra hard work. This could mean working overtime or doing extra tasks in front of your employer so that your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. On top of this, make efforts to get on with all of your colleagues so that you have their support.
Manage your stress
On top of working as hard as you can, you need to show that you can manage your stress. If you’re overburdening yourself and it’s causing you to get flustered or even take time off sick, then you’re clearly overdoing it – an employer won’t see this as an admirable trait when looking for someone to promote. Learn to manage your stress by thinking positively and engaging in de-stressing activities in your free time. Activities like exercises, meditation and listening to music can be effective stress-busters. If you find the stress difficult to manage, you might want to consider whether the promotion is worth it.
Make your interest known
Quite often, you don’t get unless you ask. When you feel ready to be promoted, arrange a meeting with your employer and tell them how you feel. This will show initiative and enthusiasm and it will help you to be considered. Don’t spend all your time working hard hoping that your employer will get the hint – they may acknowledge you but may not see you as a serious candidate unless you let them know in-person that you’re interested.
This is a collaborative post that was ghost written for More From My Career.