In today's tough and complex economy, finding (and then keeping) a job is hard, even for the well-qualified modern millennial! With so many talented individuals looking to make their big break, you need to go above and beyond in order to keep your job and rise up the ranks of the corporate ladder. In other words, you have to give your employer no other choice but to give you a promotion! But, when you're already working your butt off, how do get there? These 5 tips will show you how to finally earn that promotion!
1. Do More Than Your Job Description
Repeat after me: never ever say ‘that’s not my job’. Insert career suicide every time you even think those words. Always seek to add value to your employment. You can do this by treating your workday like looking through a lens and extend well beyond your job description. The more you do, the more valuable you become to the workplace. You’ll also be showcasing all the skills you have, take the opportunity to boost your skills. Go-getters that do this have mastered the ability to maximise the value of their workplace and are continuously looking for ways to expand their sphere of influence. Go girl!
2. Work Those Relationships
Work is all about relationships – people hire people, companies don’t hire people. It’s super important that you work hard and are a competent employee. But equally important, is the fact that you need to be likeable and fit in with the corporate culture. You’ll find that if you have a smashing relationship with the people you work with (and for) you’ll be far more likely to be chosen for leadership roles than those who don’t.
3. Become An Expert
Not in rocket science (unless of course you are, in which case go Rocket Girl, go!). But become an expert at something in your field at work. Being that person that people always turn to is something that is super important and valuable in a company. Take it to the next level by participating in industry events, writing articles for third party publications and doing whatever you can to position yourself within your company and your industry. If it makes your company look good, do it!
4. Help Your Colleagues Succeed
This is honestly one of the most powerful and seldom discussed success factors. Helping your colleagues succeed is a sign of self-confidence, self-trust, teamwork and collaborative leadership. When the company you work in witnesses your genuine desire to help your colleagues succeed, you will immediately get noticed.
5. Make Your Boss Look Good!
Making your boss look good will do a great deal for your career and add big-time to your professional value. Through your work and growing responsibility, make your boss look like she’s running a strong team and accomplishing a great deal for the company. When a promotion or raise becomes available, your boss will be far more likely to look favourably on you. Plus, when your boss moves up the ranks, she’ll hopefully bring you up the ladder with her!