As great as it would be, we all know that we are not going to start a new job and immediately move up through the ranks. There is always a learning curve at ANY job and frankly, the main thing that is going to make you better at your job is experience and repitition. Eventually, once you have a good grasp of things, most of us starting thinking about how to get a promotion (aka pay raise, amiright?!).
So what happens if you have been busting your ass for years but still not moving up? It feels like figuring out how to get a promotion is like chess… if you actually play chess regularly and find it fun and you get it, that metaphor doesn’t apply to you (stay with me).
Maybe one day you look around and suddenly you are the longest tenured person in your department and you are training everyone that comes in as a newbie and maybe you don’t think anything of it.
Maybe you are watching other people get more responsibilities and praise in the office that you envy.
Maybe the person that started around the same time you did all of a sudden buys a super nice car that you know YOU couldn’t afford.
Whatever it is that gets you serious about getting a promotion, let that be your motivator. Keep that in mind as you follow my next steps.
Not just want it but WANT it. You need to be willing to do a little bit extra for the same pay and probably not as much appreciation as you’d deserve. The thing is… your boss isn’t going to willingly give you more money unless they see that you are adding value. You may have to come in a little earlier or spend your usual happy hour still at the office. But if you want to know how to get a promotion, it can come down to caring a little more about what you do.
If you are not passionate about the work you are doing, you shouldn’t be looking for a promotion… you should be looking for a new job. Life is too damn short to be spending 40+ hours a week doing something you don’t care about. You are not limited by anything except your own excuses, so there is no point to not giving everything you do 100%.
Sometimes, you need to bring some attention to yourself. Actually, if you are working for a promotion, just “sometimes” is not often enough. Its amazing how a spiffy outfit can not only shine a light on you, but elevate your quality of work as well. Men and women both can make small changes to level up their wardrobe to get noticed at the office.
Whether your office has no dress code, business casual, or business professional attire, if you all of a sudden consistently dress a litter better than you have, people start to notice. A new suit jacket and well-fitting bottoms can change your life. Think about picking out some new pieces and putting a few extra minutes into your morning routine. Practice something new with your hair, pick out a new watch or bust out some classy shoes.
When you have a solution to your boss’ problem immediately, it is hard to not just start doing that little side to side dance in your seat. If you can take a burden off your manager’s shoulders, it is going to attract some amazing energy your way.
If you are deserving of a promotion, you have probably been with the company for long enough that you have learned some tricks about the company. Maybe your busy season is always at the same time every year or your software is outdated. Whatever it is, find solutions to some major issues to show that you care about the mission and well-beingof your company.
Jack Canfield — ‘Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.’
You are going to need to ask for it.
Believe it or not, some people are happy where they are and don’t need to know how to get a promotion because they truthfully might not want one.
This doesn’t mean to bust into your boss’ office and say “Can I have a promotion?”
Start working on the above recommendations and after a few weeks of really putting in extra work (and figuring out if thats what you want to do full time), schedule a meeting with your boss to plan out your future. Inquire what possible paths you can take to move up in the rank.
Another option is to take someone in your field out for lunch. Ask them what they did to move up and explain that you’re committed to the company and want to build a plan for your future.