Strategies for getting yourself promoted

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Do you feel like you’re stuck in your current job? Are you ready to move up?


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Do you feel like you’re stuck in your current job? Are you ready to move up? It’s tough to climb up the corporate ladder but if you want a job that excites you and pays well, you have to try. If you want to get a promotion, you must be a patient team player while also being an ambitious self-promoter.

Work for a company that can give you room to grow

The type of company you work for can determine your potential for promotion. When applying for jobs, seek out companies with opportunities for advancement. You don’t have to work for a huge corporation to get a promotion. But you do want to work for a company that has enough going on that you can map out a career path there.

Practice self-promotion

We’re taught by our families that modesty is a virtue but when job-hunting, if no one knows how great you are you simply won’t get ahead. If you’ve achieved major accomplishments or created new,award-winning programs make sure people know about them. Make sure to include these accolades on your CV or speak about them in the interview. Sell yourself and let it be known that you are seeking a promotion.

Acquire new knowledge and skills

It goes without saying that one of the best ways to succeed in getting a promotion is to expand your knowledge and skill set in areas that are critical to the organisation. If your expertise is in advertising, perhaps you could expand your knowledge by doing a sales and marketing course or even a leadership course. Also, as technology and other environmental forces change rapidly, you need an ever-increasing skill set not only to perform your job but to stay relevant. You should also not only keep current with your industry news and events but pay attention to trends and events outside your specialty.

Build your network

The more people know you, your strengths and abilities, your value to the organisation and your ambitions, the more likely your name will be discussed when opportunities arise. An added benefit of networking is that you’ll learn much more about the company if you network with people in other departments.

Ask for more responsibilities

Volunteering to help out other departments or teams or simply asking for more responsibilities increases your value within the organisation. Asking for more work shows your interest and desire to help your department and company to succeed. What’s more, you’ll be placing a spotlight on your value to the company.

Be a team player

Because so much of work is now accomplished through teams – departmental or cross-functional – it becomes even more important to share successes with your team and to avoid pointing your finger when there are failures. And, by being a team player, you only build your reputation and boost your value to the organisation.

Continue to do a great job in your current position and don't seem fed up with your current work. Let decision-makers know if you really want a particular job.

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