How to get a promotion

Getting a promotion isn’t as easy as the movies would have it seem. It can often be more difficult than going out and finding a new job. But when you love the company you work for, you obviously want to rise up in the ranks and carve out your career there.

So, if you’re looking to climb that corporate ladder, here are some tips on how to go about getting that coveted promotion.

Make yourself indispensable

People often say that nobody is indispensable in the business world, but that’s not entirely true. There are many ways to make yourself indispensable. Choose a skill essential to the job or industry and become an expert. Ensure that your colleagues can come to you when they need help or need a certain job done. You may have to put in some extra work, but that’s a given when you want a promotion.

Let people know how hard you work

There may be many reasons why you’re not getting ahead at work and one of them may be that nobody sees exactly how much work you’re putting in. One thing you should avoid is working from home. Be the first to arrive, the last to leave and only one to come in over the occasional weekend. People will notice that you work more when you’re actually at the office.

Make sure that you’re being reasonable

Do you actually deserve the promotion? Take some time to really sit and think about it. Maybe you do deserve it, but is there someone else at the company who deserves it a little more? You can’t just expect to get promoted because you want a higher position, a corner office or a bigger pay cheque.

Just go ahead and ask for it

Be straightforward with your boss or manager and just outright ask for the position you want. Have proof of your hard work in case they want you to plead your case. Just be sincere. Don’t threaten to quit or suggest that you’ll go work for the competition. Rather let the powers that be know that you feel like you deserve a promotion (and have the work ethic to back it up).

Going about getting a promotion isn’t always easy and there’s no shortage of fresh talent emerging from business schools in Johannesburg. Just remember that the most important thing is that you work hard and you work smart.

Authored by: Pete Anderson

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