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How to Get Promoted

There are very few people that accept an entry-level position without any desire to move up the organization. The whole point of starting at the bottom is to gain the experience that will one day take you all the way to the top. The premise sounds simple, yet many people become mired in the lower levels, only to find themselves passed by others on the way up. If you are tired of being passed over or have just taken that first step, then here are some things you can do to make promotion much more likely in your future.

It all starts with you making sure that you are following the very basic demands of the job. By that, we don’t just mean following the job description to the letter, but also showing up on time every day, adhering to deadlines, and displaying a positive attitude at all times. These are things that get noticed more than you might think and they will definitely help your promotion chances.

While it’s smart to have a basic understanding of what your job requirements are, it really helps to dig a little deeper for some finer points that will help your performance. This can include having a clear understanding of exactly what your boss expects from each of her employees. Her focus may be on one or two things in particular which, if you can take the time to excel at, will make you look very good in her eyes. In short, know exactly what is expected of you and then do all that you can to over deliver on those expectations.

For many, the next step in their career evolution is often a management position. Employers are always on the lookout for employees who display natural leadership qualities, as they are usually chosen for that next step. You have to be able to adopt those leadership roles, but in such a way that you don’t just come across as being bossy and headstrong. Volunteer for the role of team leader when you are asked, always keeping in mind that it’s a great way to get noticed and perhaps even gain the respect of your co-workers. You will be required to do more than the rest of the group in these situations, but doing a good job in that role will truly get you noticed by the people upstairs.

We spoke earlier about displaying a positive attitude at work. The reason that you want to do so is because it will often show a level of maturity that far exceeds your years. You have probably already worked with people who are constantly negative or who display a level of childishness and petulance that is very unbecoming. Think about how many of those people you have seen move up the ranks and I guarantee you will be unable to think of even one. Getting the nod for promotion is as much to do with the way you carry yourself on the job as it does your level of competence.

6 Tips to Keep Your Job

Now that you have gone through the entire process of creating an ideal resume, finding job openings, getting that first call, interviewing, and nailing the job, now comes the time to discover how to keep that ideal job from falling in the hands of someone else. You see, although there is a great celebration in finding your dream job, now that you’ve been selected, the real work begins. And we’re not talking about the work of the job itself, we’re talking about the things you’ll need to do on a consistent basis to help you leverage your position.

One of the most important things to remember is that business will always change. As an employee, you will need to change with that business in order to help it grow. In order to do this, there are certain items that will need to be considered on a consistent basis. In order to be successful in your current position or to leverage yourself in a way to move to a different position, you will definitely need to keep your eye on the ball. Below we’ve gathered some important tips that will help you with this process.

1. Pay Close Attention at All Times

One of the biggest mistakes a person will make once they’ve landed the ideal job is to not pay attention. Quite frankly, you’ll want to do everything within your power to avoid making mistakes. Of course, some mistakes are unavoidable, but it’s the little mistakes that are avoidable which will make long lasting impressions. Always keep an eye out for body language and verbal overtones as you are presenting information. Look to see if people are responsive, if they’re smiling, or if they simply feel confuse. By staying aware at all times, you will always be able to keep your eye on the ball.

2. Avoid Being Complacent

Another issue will be to get too comfortable once you’ve landed your position. Doing just enough to keep your job and not get fired will not work anymore. You will need to do what others won’t. Sometimes this will entail taking risks, and sometimes this will entail improving on processes that simply do not work. Take the initiative and avoid complacency. It’s always better to over deliver, and this is especially true for companies that want things done cheaper and faster.

3. Request Performance Reviews

One item that many aren’t aware of will be performance reviews. Some companies perform these reviews on a consistent basis. However, many companies don’t. If you work for a company that performs these reviews but they don’t do it on a consistent basis, it’s important for you to request a performance review. Reason being, how do you know how to fix something when you aren’t aware it’s broken?

4. Get In the Habit of Documenting Your Performance

Documenting your performance on a consistent basis will also be very important. This is especially true if the company you work for doesn’t provide performance reviews on a consistent basis. The other thing is – you may feel that you are doing an exceptional job, but unless this is in writing, it really doesn’t mean much. Regardless of the department you work in, document your performance on a weekly and monthly basis. Set your goals consistently, and try to beat them each and every month.

5. Always Be Aware Of Your Status and Image

Being aware of your status and image is also another important factor. Walking around feeling like you’re loved by everyone can turn out to be a damaging assumption. Are you aware of what people think about you? Do you have any allies in your department? Are others in your department getting work that you are extremely capable of completing? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself which will help you keep your eye on the ball.

6. Always Grow and Learn

Growing and learning is an important part of keeping your dream job. By keeping your eye on the ball, you will always want to improve yourself in every aspect. If you make errors, own them. Once you own them, make the recoveries quick. Learn new skills on a consistent basis. If need be, find influences outside of your current company to use as mentors. This will help you to consistently grow and learn while being an ideal employee.

Lastly, you’ll want to stay involved with your network. The problem here is, it’s very easy to get extremely comfortable with the basic routine. Once you do, you will feel that this is the ideal job and you will be there for a lifetime. Don’t let this feeling fool you. As the economy changes, your job will too. There is no security in a job. By staying involved in your network, you will always be on top of the happenings whether new things come along, some things could get outdated, and other areas open themselves up. It’s important to remember to keep your bridges open just in case your ideal dream job is not so dreamy after all.

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