Competition for promotions is fierce in many industries, especially during challenging economic times. Keep these habits in mind to help you stand out and seize that next advancement opportunity.
1. Take on leadership and mentor roles. Even if you aren’t responsible for directly managing others, you can still lead and mentor new staff. If you already manage a team, look for ways to step up your leadership game via professional development and training. Mastering fundamental communication skills like active listening, positive body language, and good email etiquette can have a big impact on your personal brand.
2. Keep learning and gaining new skills. Demonstrate your willingness to improve by continually building knowledge. This could include an online training course or a degree program. As technology and business practices evolve, many companies are investing in upskilling programs. Ask your HR department if your organization covers professional development costs or offers tuition assistance.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.John F. Kennedy
3. Over-deliver without overstepping. Show you’re committed by going above and beyond at work whenever possible. However, avoid encroaching on anyone else’s responsibilities unless you ask first, and don’t just focus on making yourself look good. Do things that make your colleagues look good at the same time.
4. Collaborate with your colleagues. You can accomplish incredible things when you work as a team. Good collaboration often leads to innovation, improved processes, and better project outcomes. Look for creative ways to work with others both inside and outside of your organization.
5. Get innovative. Find ways to improve processes and work more efficiently, especially if it benefits the whole team. Always be on the lookout for better tools and technology. You’ll prove yourself as an innovator as well as someone who works hard. Just keep your supervisor in the loop before implementing any major changes.
6. Keep track of your wins. Always document individual and team successes so you can discuss them during your annual review or when you seek a promotion. Explain how your accomplishments have contributed to the success of your organization. Provide data whenever possible to back this up.
7. Ask (and make a strong case). Few people get promoted if they don’t ask for more responsibility. Establish annual goals or KPIs (key performance indicators) with your supervisor and strive to exceed them.