So you like your job, and you think you are doing pretty well at it too? In fact, you are starting to consider moving on up the tree and getting that promotion and pay rise that you have been after.
But how exactly can you achieve your goal? Well, read on for our simple guide below.
You will want to find how to stand out positively to your colleagues and superiors.
How can you do this?
Well, think carefully about what is most important in your current role and the role that you wish to progress to.
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If you are working in a sales environment, then revenue is going to be the thing to focus on. So put your effort into gaining big new accounts.
If you are in the service industry it might be client or customer feedback on which you are evaluated. Then your effort needs to go into getting the best reviews possible.
Remember you may be the best in work at replying to emails on time, or paperwork, but is that really adding any value to your position, or showing that you are ready for more responsibility?
Also, consistency is important. This is a skill that you bosses will want to see.
Anyone can have a lucky break and do really well at a task once or twice. But what they will want to see is that you can constantly maintain a high level of results over a longer period of time.
That means you will need to be able to show that you are self-motivated and able to manage your own time and workload.
A good point here is to go for a slightly lower target, but do it over an extended period of time. Then you won’t burn out or get overloaded, but you will still show achievement and consistency in your work.
You also need to think of a way to make sure you are invaluable to the environment that you are in. The best way to do this is through professional development, such as specialist training and education in your area.
For example, those in the education field might consider an MA in education, or a PhD in Higher Education leadership. Where as those in the medical industry may choose to complete a diploma in the area that they want to specialise in such as wound care, skin conditions or management skills.
So, one of the aspects of promotion that a lot of folks forget is that they have to actually show that they are interested in moving up the ladder to their bosses.
It’s no good keeping it under your hat, as in promotional terms, if you don’t ask you don’t get.
Remember there is no shame in not being selected for an interview or a post, as long as you have given it your best shot.
Often it may be that you aren’t quite right for the post that they are advertising at the moment.
But showing that you have the desire to move up the ranks puts you on their radar for other upcoming positions, which is always a good thing.