Ready to move up in your company but not sure how to go about it? Regardless of whether there is currently a senior role up for grabs, there are always things you can do to ensure that when the opportunity arises, you’re ready. Here are our top tips to help you get promoted.
Be a Team Player
If you are serious about getting promoted, you should always be looking for ways to expand your skillset. Showing your ambition to grow and learn is key in proving you are worthy of a higher position. Whenever possible attend workshops, think-ins and community events to improve your knowledge base.
Seek Out Extra Responsibilities
If you see an opportunity to take on extra responsibility, seize it. Don’t wait to be asked. Impress your superiors by being proactive, not reactive.
“If you are not feeling uncomfortable with your workload/learning curve then you are not pushing hard enough” – Chris Wilkinson, Head of Talent, Forward Partners.
Establishing a network of contacts is crucial for advancement. Don’t limit yourself to contacts within your own company or industry either. Networking events are a great way to build relationships with like-minded people and often these offline connections are the lasting ones.
Seemingly obvious but don’t underestimate the value of being perceived as a professional. Being punctual, courteous and reliable can do wonders for your reputation. Be aware of how you are representing yourself outside of work too. Remember, your personal brand is everything you do.
Sharing problems with your boss or employer is par for the course in any job. It’s not something to feel anxious about and is usually no reflection on your ability to do your job. However, to excel, you should come to your boss not only with a problem but with a recommendation on how to solve it. Employers are looking to promote someone who listens to advice but can use their own initiative to solve problems.