The time is finally coming. You’ve been working hard for a long while, and you’ve heard that your boss is on the hunt for someone to promote. That someone could be you! Have you considered the ways to improve yourself and your performance so that you’re the one they help up the ladder? Here are a few tips on how to increase your chances to avoid a glass ceiling.
Self-reflection is a key strength. Examine where you were when you started this job and how far you’ve come in the meantime. Not only will that offer you confidence, but it will afford you the ability to see what steps you could take to improve.
Once you’ve decided what steps you need to undertake to improve, brainstorm about what your new goals would be if you were promoted to a new position. Part of the brainstorming process means writing down any and all ideas. Once you’ve exhausted your creative fount, begin crossing off the unrealistic ideas. Consider what makes you passionate at your current position and allow that passion to guide your selection of the ideas left on your list. Ask yourself: how will I actually implement these suggestions?
You will also need to completely understand the job to which you aspire. That means researching the position so that you can have a comprehensive knowledge of its possible intricacies. The more informed you are, the more likely you will be able to wow your boss with your savvy. Part of this work means understanding what the over-all goal for the business. Once you can articulate that goal, you can speak more decisively about your place in the grander scheme.
A positive attitude is a must. How can you take pitfalls, hurdles, or challenges and begin to view them as opportunities? Begin working now without complaining. Also consider how you might take on volunteer work. Take the initiative and ask for it.
Don’t just talk about your hard work: show it. When promotion time comes around, that’s what your bosses are going to remember. Be a problem-solver. Conceive of a business plan that shows how you particularly will be able to improve your workplace and show it to your boss. Request feedback for improvement.
Looking sharp is a no-brainer. Part of your over-all look is the accessories in which you invest, and that includes your watch. You’ll want the watch around your wrist to express to the people in your office – including your boss – what a consummate professional you are. Therefore, if it is imperative that you keep your watch clean by removing unsightly dirt and grime as well as possible offensive odors by cleaning it regularly. If it is broken, take it to be fixed at a jeweler who specializes in professional watch repair.
Getting a promotion is more than just being lucky. The ways in which you can improve your current situation will reflect on your future opportunities as well. Remember: you are a necessary component for your company’s success!