There are few things harder in the professional realm than being passed over time and time again for a promotion. While many people will go to extreme lengths to prove that they are capable of filling a more demanding role, that really isn’t necessary to get where you want to be. In fact, simply adjusting the way you go about your job on a daily basis, in very minor ways, can mean the difference between staying in your current position and moving up the corporate ladder. Continue reading below to learn precisely how you can obtain the promotion you know you so rightfully deserve.
Challenge your superiors.
While it is never a good idea to undermine you superiors, challenging their thinking with your own ideas and opinions from time to time will get you further than you think. This can be especially effective if you have facts or data to back up your thinking.
Own up to mistakes.
Plain and simple, mistakes are going to happen. However, rather than waiting for someone to point out something you have done wrong, own up to it from the get-go. Taking responsibility to wrongdoing will show your boss that you not only care about the quality of your work, but that you are also willing to fix anything you have done wrong right away.
Don’t bring drama to work.
It’s often easy to get involved in non-work-related matter when you are at the office. After all, these people are your friends and as much as you try to stay out of one another’s personal lives, it is nearly impossible. While it is totally normal to foster personal relationships at your place of work, it is also extremely petty to let how you feel about your coworkers get in the way of your professional persona. Even if the person who sits next to you all day long drives you absolutely insane, bite your tongue and focus on the work.
No one wants to work with a negative Nancy or a sourpuss Steve. This is why it is important that even when your superiors aren’t watching you have a smile on your face. Exuding positive energy will not only make people enjoy your company, but it will also allow them to come to your more freely, making your appear as leadership material.
Attend work functions.
There’s a bit of “drinking the Kool-Aid” that goes into being thought of as good enough to be promoted. Even if you aren’t a drinker, attending work happy hours or parties will show that you support your company and that you are trying to build relationships with your coworkers which is imperative if you want to be a leader.
Ask how you can help.
The mentality of someone who wishes to move up in their professional life is that of someone who puts the good of the company before the good of themselves. This means always being available to help others. Even on your worst days, when you have a million things to do, stopping to offer your assistance will show people you are serious about your passion for your job.
Know your job and do it well.
The way you act at your job is obviously extremely important. However, you need to also be able to do your job and do it better than anyone else who may be going for the same promotion. You should know every task you perform at work like the back of your hand. If you aren’t sure how to do something, figure it out.
Expand your knowledge on your own time.
There are many ways you can become a force to be reckoned with in your career. One of the ways to do this is to enroll in local professional development classes. Wherever your skills are lacking, sign up for a class about that subject and become an expert. If you are looking to expand your knowledge, check out the many courses offered at the Professional Development Center of Glendale Community College today!