Are you ready to get promoted? Your boss needs to know it just as well as you do. While many people want to move up the ladder at work, not everyone knows how exactly to get there.
Here are a few tips on how to get promoted at work and let your supervisor know you’re the best one for the job.
Take Note of What Your Boss Needs, and Become It
The single most important thing you can do to find yourself in the running for a higher position at work is to take notice of what your boss does and make their job easier. Ask your supervisor what other responsibilities you can take on.
Show an eager interest in learning more, taking more accountability, joining new teams or additional initiatives, and meeting people at every level of your organization.
Request regular feedback and implement it to show you’re in it for the long haul and ready to do what you have to do to improve and grow.
Dress the Part
If you act like an assistant or an underling, or if you look like one, you’re likely to stay that way. It might seem like a small thing, but your appearance and demeanor matter when it comes to how you’re perceived in the workplace.
Dress a step up or two up from how you’re expected to dress and carry yourself as the consummate professional.
Getting embroiled in workplace conflicts, petty gossip, and office drama is a great way to stay exactly where you are. Stay above the fray, and don’t get pulled into workplace politics. Keep your eyes on the prize and your nose in your work, and your supervisor(s) will take notice.
Remember, a big part of furthering your career is fostering a perception of yourself as a highly skilled, exceptional professional. That image doesn’t jive with fights over everyday issues or talking behind co-workers’ backs.
In particular, if you have a fight with a colleague and end up as their supervisor, things could get awkward in the future. Keep your demeanor calm and professional at all times.