How To Improve Your Chances Of Promotion At Work

For most people, a job is about much more than just an opportunity to make money. While most of us might start working careers taking part-time jobs or positions that we don’t particularly care about, as we progress through life, we all tend to start looking for a little bit more from the work we do.

One of the most common reasons people leave a job is if they have the feeling that there’s nothing to aspire to - no tangible career ladder or opportunities for progression. However, if you play your cards right, almost all jobs can offer chances to climb higher and gain promotion. The key is knowing how to position yourself better so that you’re first in line to be promoted. Below are a few tried and tested tips that will help you get noticed and improve your chances of getting that much-wanted step up the ladder at work.

First and foremost, choose a job you enjoy

Finding the right job is essential if you’re to maximize your potential at work. The truth is, people tend to work harder and more conscientiously if they’re interested in what they’re doing, so try to find a job doing something that engages you and that gives you pleasure. If you’re enjoying what you’re doing, you’ll be much more likely to put in your best effort and work hard.

Also, when you consider most of us spend more time at work than with family or friends, it becomes clear that finding the right job that makes you happy and gives a sense of satisfaction is paramount and the number one starting point.

Try to find a company that actively encourages career development

Working your way up through a company can be a highly rewarding process - for both the employee and employer. It’s worth remembering; promotion is very much a two-way street - the employee gets the satisfaction of career progression and possible wage increases while the employer also benefits from better trained and skilled staff. However, not all firms view career progression the same, so try and find an employer that actively encourages career development in their staff.

The best employers will offer some form of Employee Training as standard - whether that be internally or externally on university/college courses or qualifications learned online. If you’re not sure how proactive a firm is, ask your interviewer - or, if you’re employed already by a company, go to your boss and ask what opportunities they might offer you for furthering your knowledge and experience. Showing a willingness to learn new things and improve your skills is a sure-fire way to impress those above you that you have a drive and passion for your job - which leads us nicely onto the next topic . . .

Show that you have a drive, determination, and passion for your job

Very often, just working hard isn’t enough to convince a boss that you’re ready for promotion - rather, you need to show the decision-makers in a company that you’re ready to step up your game and perform at the next level. All company bosses - no matter at what level - look for similar things in the people they’re going to promote - namely that they’re capable, knowledgeable, good at working in/leading a team and able to make often difficult decisions. These frequently aren’t skills that you’ll be able to show at your current level so find ways to stand out and step things up a gear.

For example, if you’re working as part of a team, offer to help those around that might be struggling with particular aspects of their work. Showing this kind of potential leadership and willingness to improve the team ethic will go a long way to convincing those above you that you’re ready for promotion and greater responsibility.

Demonstrate honesty and a willingness to work as a team

It can often be quite tempting to bend the truth or exaggerate your role at work in some way to try and increase your apparent importance, but you should most definitely avoid fabricating stories. For example, it might be tempting to take all the credit for a project when, in reality, its success was due much more to teamwork. Being honest about your role is essential - though you should also let your boss know about the good work you do. Like so many other aspects of life, it’s about finding the right balance.

Show you understand the importance of teamwork

Most jobs (no matter of type or sector) involve working as a team to at least some degree, so you should show your superiors that you understand the importance of maintaining high group morale and working together collaboratively. There are many, many ways you can do this. For example, this can be done by doing as noted above and offering to help out a struggling workmate or perhaps taking on a share of another person’s work (ensure bosses are aware you’re doing this to save your colleague taking full credit for your help).

Don’t be afraid to ask

Many employees are rather backward at coming forward when it comes to asking for promotion but, if you think about it, what clearer sign can you give your superiors than just being blunt and straightforward. Asking what chances exist for promotion will show your boss you have clear intentions and drive for progressing up the company ladder. Also, if higher jobs come up in your firm, apply for them - the worst you can get is a refusal.

Make yourself indispensable

The more valuable you are to a company, the more likely you’ll be to find yourself being promoted. Good tips include learning about the company history, studying its growth, understanding the various markets you work in, and having a deep understanding of the sector and industry trends. Try to think almost like it’s your own company and look at routes for expansion - as well as identifying bottlenecks or problem areas in the way your firm currently operates. If you can show this sort of initiative and problem-solving, you’ll be considerably more attractive and valuable from your superiors’ point of view.