If you are like most employees, you are desperate about getting ahead. Maybe not as desperate as I am about winning a virtual football match, but you sure are never satisfied with your present position for too long. The bad news is that you are not alone; every other person at your level and below dreams to attain your dream position. If they had the chance, your colleagues would love to get ahead of you overnight.
However, most employees ignore several little actions that can push them up the ladder. Getting promoted takes a lot of diligence but it is definitely not out of reach. Before you can be considered for a promotion from your boss, you have to do these three things.
1) Have a great Attitude
What you do and how to behave in your new position is largely dependent on what you had done and how you had behaved in your last one. If you are keeping malice at work and disrespecting your superiors or disregarding your colleagues now, you will do worse when you get promoted and have a little more authority. Your boss knows this and he will use it as a yardstick to determine who gets Promoted or even Demoted. I know employees who question their Boss’ decision. You might be doing so with an innocent intent, but that singular act of confrontation is enough reason for your boss to deny you a promotion.
Be lively and friendly, say thank you and admit it when you are wrong. Don’t discriminate and don’t promote disunity. Treat everyone equally and fairly. Whether you know it or not, in the end, your attitude will determine your altitude.
2) Always do Extra
To get ahead is any kind of competition, extra work is needed. It is clearly unwise to think you can keep get a better result when you keep doing the same thing. If you want to get a better result (in this case, a promotion) than your colleagues, you have to do things they have not done or will not normally do. You have to get to work very early, complete more tasks than expected, keep sharpening your skills, take responsibility and if need be work extra hours. You have to do extra. The extra am talking about might also come in the form of making sure your boss has had lunch, or buying your colleagues a little gift on their birthdays or even wearing a starched and well pressed shirt to work everyday.
The bottom line is that you should work in the company as if you were the CEO. Think of things that are not in place and make them right. Personalize your work and your boss might just start personalizing you.
3) Learn, Unlearn and Relearn.
Alvin Toffle said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” in his book,, “Rethinking the Future”. The end of the 20th century and beginning of 21st century brought about a lot of change. The world has changed, is changing and will keep changing at a fast rate. If you are going to be ahead in your career, you have to keep up with this ever changing world. Don’t be too rigid. Be willing to learn new methods that would better your productivity. If you keep implementing new methods and it keeps producing better result for your company, you are on your way to getting promoted.
Can I ask for a Promotion?
Of course you can ask for a promotion. Just make sure you:
1) Already have a healthy personal relationship with your boss.
2) You have excelled in your present position.
3) Are qualified for your new position.
4) Explain to your boss how you intend to use your new position to bring more success to your company and how your present position has limited you.