You go into the office every day and work your tail off. You do everything you’re told. You even exceed expectations on a regular basis. So, why haven’t you been promoted at work? Maybe it’s because you haven’t actually ASKED for one. As an employee, you need to think of yourself as a business-of-one. You are a service provider. The company hired you to perform a service. So, when you want to get promoted within that company, you need to explain to the employer why you need a service charge increase. You need to justify the higher expense. The first step is to ask yourself, “What have I done to EARN this promotion?” Think about all of the projects you’ve done, all of the expectations you’ve exceeded, and all of the times you’ve gone above and beyond what was asked of you. “If you want to make more money, you’ve got to prepare them for that fact,” said career expert J.T. O’Donnell. Once you can justify a pay increase, you can sit down with your manager, present all of the ways you’re adding additional value to the company, and ask for a promotion. However, most people aren’t ready to receive a promotion when they want one, according to O’Donnell. In that case, you STILL want to have a conversation with your manager, only the goal will be to ask what you need to do in order to earn a promotion in the future. That way, you can work together to figure out the best way to make this happen. So, if you haven’t been promoted at work, even if you’re working your butt off, you need to be proactive and ask for one. If you’re not ready for one, work with your manager to figure out what you need to do to earn one.
Last Friday, a new president moved into the White House. Today, you might be starting your new management job. Whether you’re managing a team or leading a country, making a transition into a leadership role can be a bit of a challenge. If you want to start off on the right foot, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Is your goal this year to get that promotion? Good for you! Related: How To Be The Employee Your Company Wants To Promote A promotion doesn’t just magically happen because you want it to or because you feel like you spent enough time in your current position. Promotions take place because of demonstrated ability to perform at the next level. (Feeling stuck in your job? Watch this free webinar to learn how to bust out of your career rut.) If you really want that promotion, you need to earn it. Here at seven steps to power your way to that promotion:
Promotions are not guaranteed. In the past, employees used to progress along specific career paths, often within just one organization. However, with the impact of globalization and technology and flatter organizational structures, this has changed. Related: 7 Steps To Power Your Way To A Promotion This Year Today we have to create and manage our own careers. Often the promotion isn’t an upward path either and we may need to take a lateral move first, to later being able to position ourselves for an upward move. To get that promotion, it is important to boost your personal brand and get yourself noticed. Making yourself heard, developing mentoring relationships, practicing effective self-promotion, being a problem solver, acting professionally at all times, being a team player and developing your network are all effective strategies. However, there are also ways you can upskill while in your current job: