Being promoted is more than doing your job well. Your manager must see that you can demonstrate that you have the skills to perform at an advanced level, and are willing to accept additional responsibilities in order to advance your career. These six steps will get you on your way to a promotion in no time.
Although it may seem obvious, letting your manager know you want to be promoted is an important first step. Sometimes, they might not be aware that you are interested in a new job or may not have considered you for an advanced position.
Ask for the job description and the skill set that the candidate must have to fill the role. Also, learn about their strengths and weaknesses. This will help you make a plan for what to do. You should also make sure you have regular meetings with your boss to review your progress.
Once you have a good idea of what you can expect from the top position, you can start to make a list to identify areas that need improvement. They can be divided into three categories:
Find out if the job requires you to have a certain qualification. Employers may pay for employees to attend training courses or exams that are relevant to their job. It’s a good idea to ask!
To find out what skills you will need, read the job description. Are you able to balance the cash register each night? You can make 20 cocktails without having to consult a recipe book. Create weekly staff schedule? Find out what skills you don’t have and practice them. Asking someone to teach you is a great way to accomplish this.
Soft skills can be described as more intangible abilities like leadership, communication, and teamwork. These skills are the most difficult to test and improve. Ask your coworkers to give feedback and suggestions on how to improve your soft skills. You can focus on one area at a time if you have multiple areas that need improvement.
Asking for more responsibility shows that you are serious about being promoted. This shows you are willing to accept a more difficult or larger workload, and not only for the additional pay. You should be specific about what tasks you would like to perform, and make sure that they are relevant to the job you are applying for.
You can also “try out” the new job – you might find the position you want is not what you expected.
Do more than what is expected. Even if you are in a higher position. You can be proactive and take action if you spot an area that needs improvement, or a suggestion that could increase revenue. People who take initiative and solve problems are noticed.
It’s not about improving business results. Look for ways to be more helpful to your customers, colleagues, managers, suppliers, and your boss. Your boss will be more impressed if you make a positive impression on others.
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Your manager may not be aware of your achievements due to the number of employees. Keep track of your achievements. You will have a list of accomplishments to show your manager when you are asked about a promotion.
You can list tangible achievements, such as Employee of the Month Awards.
Keep track of the skills that you have gained or improved, and any new qualifications.
Notify your colleagues about the areas you have gone above and beyond what they expected, such as cost reductions or new initiatives
This list should be reviewed with your manager during your regular meetings so that they are informed of your accomplishments.