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How To Get
It’s good to be you. You’re gainfully employed. You’re not worried that your
job is threatened by the economy, your performance or the designs of
others. Yet…something’s missing. Although not unhappy in your current
job, you don’t necessarily see it as being the pinnacle of your career
aspirations either. In short, you’re hankering for a promotion.
Of course, as is the case with so many things in life, getting one is
easier said than done. And as is also the case so often in life, where
there’s a will there’s a way. As it turns out, however, the way depends
on your will. Your will to take the steps necessary for promotion.
The days when a promotion “fell into
someone’s lap” are over. The job market is
fiercely competitive; so too are
opportunities for advancement. So, what
do you need to do? Here are some of
factors to keep in mind, all intended to
answer the challenge of how to get
Who are you?
No, really, who are you professionally? How
do you see yourself? More importantly, how
do others see you? If you don’t know, now
would be a good time to engage in an
honest, objective analysis of where you are in
the organization and where the powers-that-
be see you fitting in going
forward. Remember: When it comes to self-
analysis, your ego is not
Plan the plan.
Once you’ve determined your
identity in the organization, it’s
time to decide what it is you want
to do. What position is it you
How do I get there from
Can you see yourself clear to getting to the
position you’ve set as your goal? Like any
journey, a clear sense of direction is essential to
arriving at your destination. Map it out. What
you think you need to know, to learn, to
demonstrate, to do.
Remember, attitude is a
of how to get promoted. If you convey a
sense of calm, confidence and a willingness
to deal with the day on it’s own terms, no
matter what arises, you will be seen as a
positive force for the organization, someone
who produces results, not someone who
creates human capital
challenges. Volunteer. Roll up your sleeves
and pitch in, especially if it’s not your
One for all and all for
Related to the matter of attitude, being a
team player is a must. When trying to
figure out how to get promoted, know that
your bosses will want some indication of
what a “promoted you” looks like.
Race the race.
One of the simplest, yet often overlooked
facets of how to get promoted is to actually
do the work. Executing tasks, applying
what you know and using problems as
opportunities to both learn and
demonstrate initiative are the most
compelling tools of persuasion available.
Here and now.
No matter how tempting it might be
illustrate your ability to anticipate, do the
work that’s in front of you and don’t allow
yourself to be distracted by trying to plan
for what might come up. Distraction is the
enemy of performance and poor
performance is doom to promotion.
If you build it, they will
Your network, that is. Cultivate resources
both within and without your
organization. For example, a mentor in your
industry can offer you with valuable
information and advice.