Working like a dog at the office, but feeling like a promotion is nowhere in sight? Are you discouraged and asking yourself continuously what do I need to accomplish to get to the next level? If so, consider reading this post.
Achieving promotions at work may, at times, seem impossible for you. It can lead to a whole mix of negative emotions: frustration, anger, confusion, envy. Frankly, waiting for the words “you’re promoted” can be a roller coaster of self-deprecation. But, as we all know: you are your own best advocate. These, my friends, are words to live by.
Instead of dwelling on the why, perhaps it’s time to become an active player in your own career aspirations. In a recent issue of Inside INdiana Business, AccelaWork’s founder Robby Slaughter’s article Eight Tips For Landing Your Next Promotion highlights this exact topic. Below are his 8 tips with some further commentary. Read on to learn more about what you’re doing right and what, possibly, you may be doing wrong when it comes to achieving the next level.
ONE. To lay the groundwork for a change in title, status, and pay, start by keeping a log of what you’re doing.
Take note of your accomplishments, challenges, and frustrations. Record your active projects and unexpected interruptions. Keep an eye on what you’re doing each and every day.
TWO. Define short and long term career objectives.
Include goals such as major initiatives you want to start or existing projects you want to complete. List skills you aim to develop. Insert deadlines which have already been scheduled, and add any new deadlines that align with your planned achievements.
THREE. Consider formal education.
Sign up for courses available in internal training programs, attend public seminars, or enroll in a college class. Register for an online study program. Set yourself up with new knowledge or skills you know you can use.
FOUR. Be nicer and also more assertive at the same time.
This first piece of advice comes from your parents, your kindergarten teacher, and maybe even your coworkers. Everyone appreciates someone who is truly kind and thoughtful.
FIVE. Do some promoting yourself.
Talk up yourself and your employer in the public sphere. Send in letters to the editor to your local newspaper. Write an article for an industry trade magazine. Seek out a blog or website where you can contribute a guest post. Make sure to reference your company in your byline, or perhaps in the content itself. And also, ensure that your colleagues have a chance to read the piece, so they know you’re working to advance the organization.
Networking has been long heralded as one of the best ways to advance yourself, but for the busy professional it can seem like too much work. Luckily, everyone has to eat. Take more lunches with people you don’t know, and work your way through your department and the company.
SEVEN. Look the part.
If you want to get promoted, call the most fashionable, best-dressed friend you know and go on a shopping spree. Your primary objective is to look taller and slimmer.
EIGHT. Look elsewhere.
The nature of modern organizations is to see new talent as more attractive and valuable than the old standby. If you want a promotion, you may need to find a better job at a different employer.
Achieving a promotion may not come easy, but it’s all the sweeter once you’ve attained it. Remind yourself everyday what you’re ultimately working towards and assess whether you’re putting in all that you’re getting out. If one side is heavier than the other, reassess and make adjustments. And remember, despite the treacherous navigating you may have along the way, happiness and job satisfaction is key. If you’ve got that, then the rest will fall into place. Best of luck climbing that ladder!