There are few things more rewarding in today’s world than being praised for hard work. Being recognised and rewarded for something that you thought up, set into action, and executed successfully is extremely satisfying and can act as motivation for you to do even greater and better things in future! Earning a promotion is arguably the best reward that one could get for hard work in any job.
Here are 8 things that you should be doing if you want to earn a promotion at work:
1) Show interest
It is important that those around you (including your colleagues and boss) know that you are committed to and interested in the work that you do. If you aren’t showing interest in your work, your employer won’t think that you want to grow in your field, and likely won’t even consider you for a promotion. Express your interest in growing with the company and learning more, and you will soon be noticed by those who matter.
2) Be an influencer
People are influenced by those around them, even if they aren’t always aware of it. Make sure that you are an example to others when it comes to your company’s values, work style, and brand promise. If you truly embrace these things in the workplace in such a way that people notice, you will eventually influence and inspire them to do the same.
3) Be visible
It is important that you make your achievements known to others in order for them to notice your hard work. However, make sure that you do this without bragging — it’s still important to be modest (without underplaying the value of your contribution).
4) Be irreplaceable
Get to know as much about your employer’s organisation as possible – its systems, its departmental structures, its policies, etc. If you’re the one person everyone goes to when they have a question about how things work, you’ll soon become indispensable to your employer. And the more dependable you are, the more likely you will be given increased responsibility — and eventually a promotion.
5) Know your colleagues
Networking with colleagues, clients, and management will help you tremendously when working toward a promotion. Others should be able to vouch for your hard work, and if you have good relationships with these individuals, they will be more than willing to put in a good word for you when the time comes.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a promotion if you feel that you deserve it. Management will often wait for you to take the first step when it comes to advancing your career within the company. Asking for a promotion will force them to at least consider giving you one. If they do not think that now is the right time, you’ll have reminded them that you are working hard and that you want to grow with the company to new heights.
7) Show them the facts
If you feel that you are ready to speak to your manager or boss about a possible promotion, you have to be able to show them that you deserve it. Make a list of everything that you have achieved while in your current position; gather the relevant numbers, facts and figures, and present these to your boss. By providing evidence that you have been performing well, it shows that you are prepared and ready to take on a new challenge.
8) Be confident
If you want a promotion, you need to be confident about it. Showing confidence in the work you do will not only show that you believe in yourself, but will also convince others to believe in you. Management will be more likely to offer or grant you a promotion if they know that you have the confidence to step into a new challenge without doubting yourself.