Are you disappointed because you were passed over for a promotion? Are you rising as quickly up the proverbial corporate ladder as you think you should? No? Do you want to know how to get promoted?
Through my experiences, I’ve learned three inherent truths about how to get promoted.
First – You must perform according to your job description. In some cases, you may be required to exceed expectations. And, believe it or not, it takes a lot more than just doing a good job for you to get promoted.
Second – You need to express your desires to be promoted and ask how to get promoted.
Third – Promotions usually come after you think they should.
Let’s dig a little deeper into the truths of how to get promoted.
Until a couple of years ago, I thought all the positive things I did would get noticed by my superiors and I would be promoted immediately. I didn’t need to know how to get promoted. It would just happen.
From kindergarten through my senior year of college, I was used to being a standout in the classroom. I thought that would translate to the office. It helped but it wasn’t the only factor.
Work hard and be efficient and effective at accomplishing your given job responsibilities. You’re being paid to do it. Do the absolute best you can and exceed expectations as frequently as possible. Without accomplishing this first, you don’t have a chance at rising through the ranks.
I often use the saying, “Use your words” when trying to understand what my two-year old daughter wants. The same can be used for us. If you want something, tell someone about it. Don’t just expect your boss to read your mind about wanting to know how to get promoted.
Leaving a meeting with my boss a couple of years ago, I told him that I almost said to the partners in that meeting that I hoped to be sitting in one of their seats one day. I said this sarcastically but I really would like to be in such a position in the future. He told me I should have said that because they would have been impressed by my desire.
That was a lesson for me to learn. I cannot rely on other people to know what I want. It is up to me to make my desires known.
Promotions are not awarded nonchalantly. They must be earned. And, the candidate needs to have the appropriate level of maturity and experience for the new position.
In my company, and I assume in most others, employees will perform the majority of a position’s responsibilities before being promoted to that position. I’ve experienced it. As I look back on my career, I can see the wisdom in that practice.
It is disappointing to not be promoted when you think you should be. If you’re as close as you think you are to being promoted, you will likely be promoted the next time around. At that point, you’ll truly be ready for it.
Be patient. Your time will come if you do your job well and you express your interest and if you ask how to get promoted.
How has your career advanced? Were you promoted slower than you wanted? What did you do to overcome those frustrations? Leave a comment below and let others know so they can learn from your experiences.
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