Career promotion doesn’t just happen instantly, nor is it something you can do when the mood strikes and you decide it’s time to move up. The opportunity for promotion begins your very first day in a new job. With preparation, a good attitude and a strong work ethic, you will be well on your way. Follow these four vital tips to get promoted faster.
1. Make your intention known early
Your direct line manager will be your crucial support when climbing the corporate ladder. Your manager should already be doing monthly one-on-ones with you (at the least) to keep you on track in terms of performance.
Regular catchups are an excellent opportunity to bring up your aspirations within the company. Often, a lot of work goes behind the scenes, so this would be a perfect opportunity for you to share your thoughts, processes, wins and challenges. If your manager is not doing this yet, be proactive and request monthly catchups.
Your manager will put you on the right path towards your career progression. They can provide key contacts and advice who will be invaluable in your transition. Actively ask about additional jobs you can perform to prove yourself – if you don’t ask, you won’t receive.
2. Network, network, network
A business mentor is a seriously underrated and underused resource – right at your fingertips. Whether they work in the same company as you or in a similar field at a different company, they can provide essential insights to help you elevate your career path.
Regular conversations with an individual who can give you valuable advice will put you a step ahead of colleagues who may be vying for the same role.
3. Always be learning
Consistently building on your skills set and qualifications is brilliant – not only for your resume but for potential promotion. Learn as much as you can from those around you and actively seek avenues to learn skills you wouldn’t otherwise feel comfortable with.
Many employers offer regular free training sessions that are relevant to your industry. Go to as many of these as possible and always ask questions if you need clarification. Once it comes to discussions for promotions, you will have a lengthy list of required skills and maybe even additional assets that will make you stand out from the crowd.
4. Stay positive
Being switched on and proving your ambition and ability by building on your skills is key to promotions. However, maintaining a positive attitude and being a great team player is also pivotal in landing your desired job. You are more likely to be promoted if you are approachable and someone others want to be around.
If you’re constantly being overlooked for a promotion at work, it could be time to move on to your next opportunity. Get in touch with your Page Personnel consultant for advice on making your move today.
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