How to Get That Promotion

The workplace is constantly evolving, and chances are you want to evolve with it. Anyone with a modicum of ambition isn’t fond of the idea of staying in the same position forever, but getting promoted isn’t always easy. The current job market makes competition just as stiff on the inside of a company as the outside, so it’s more important than ever that you know what employers are looking for when hiring from within.

If your goal is to move up the ladder in your company, here are 10 tips and tricks that will help you snag that promotion.

Be the best at your current job.

Your eyes may be on the sky, but don’t forget to watch your feet. Your current position is just as important as the one you’ve got your sights set on because it sets the tone for what hiring managers can expect out of you at a higher level. Make it your immediate goal to become the authority on whatever it is you do. Excellent performance reviews will only help you down the road.

Be boastful.

Unfortunately, not all good deeds get the recognition they deserve. If you know you’re doing a good job, make sure someone else knows about it too. You obviously don’t want to obnoxiously brag about how awesome you are to anyone who will listen, but make it a point to meet with a supervisor every now and then to talk about what you’ve been up to and how you’ve been contributing to the company.

Be humble.

It may seem like a contradiction to the above, but it really isn’t. Not every work environment is dog-eat-dog, and hiring managers will take note of those employees who are humble but confident in their ability to do good work. Lightly brag about your achievements, but make it clear that you couldn’t have done it without the help of your team or a supervisor.

Be a team player.

Yes, it’s the oldest corporate cliché in the book, but there’s a reason it’s so overused. It works. If you’re able to work well within groups, hiring managers will take notice because being a team player encompasses all sorts of qualities that often overlap with good leadership. Set other people up for success, lead projects, offer help to those who need it. You’ll build a great reputation among your peers and your superiors this way.

Be diverse.

Your job description shouldn’t define you if you want to be promoted. Show initiative and diversity by reaching out to other departments and work on projects that have nothing to do with your position. Your comfort zone will only limit your success, so break out of it. A higher level position likely means more responsibilities, so make it clear that you’re flexible and adaptable.

Be willing to improve yourself.

You surely know that, no matter how great you are at your job now, there’s always room for improvement. Attend seminars, lectures, or workshops. Go back to school if it will help. Ask for feedback and listen to it. Employers will notice if you’re eager to make yourself a more valuable asset to their business.

Be clear about your goals.

It’s not your boss’s job to decide if you want to move up the ladder. Sometimes, promotions do fall into people’s laps, but not always. Just in case, make sure your superiors know that you have plans for where you’d like to be within the company. Otherwise, how will they know to consider you for a promotion? Take the guess work out of it for them so they know you have the ambition to move forward.

Be part of a network.

These days, it’s more important than ever to foster valuable connections in the workplace. Who you know is just as important as what you know. Make it a point to attend company parties and functions so you can meet people in your field who might think of you later when a position becomes available. Networking will open up countless doors to you professionally, so don’t miss the chance to take a peek into each one.

Be ready for the application process (again).

Even if your company is hiring from within, they’ll likely still take applications and conduct interviews. Take this opportunity to really sell yourself—don’t be lax just because you think your inside status puts you ahead of the rest. Appearing well prepared and confident during the hiring process will let employers know that you’re a serious candidate with serious ambition.

Be persistent.

This one is difficult to pull off. You want to make sure you’re constantly on a hiring manager’s radar, but you don’t want to overdo anything. If you’re requesting a promotion or interviewing for one, don’t crumble at the first sign of rejection. Press on so they know you’re dedicated to your betterment. Afterwards, follow up with them. Don’t badger them into submission, of course, but inquire about where you stand and what comes next.

You know if you have what it takes to move up the ladder. Be confident, put your best foot forward, and your boss will have every reason to consider you for a promotion.