Are you currently working your way towards a promotion? It can sometimes feel like an endless slog, but being proactive and focused can help. Let’s take a look at some active steps and strategies you can take before the end of the year to get your next promotion!
Set Specific Goals and Monitor Progress
It’s a lot harder to find your path if you don’t know exactly where you’re going, including important waypoints. Take the time to sit down and identify not only the specific role you want, but the key steps along the way. Most folks will do this as part of job-related new year’s resolutions, but you can make these anytime.
Write out each goal, along with performance indicators that will show whether you’re on the right track. Each week, check in with yourself to monitor your progress.
Get Feedback from Management
No matter how good you are at your job, there is always room for improvement. It can be tough to see your own weak spots, so enlist the help of your manager. Often soft skills are important and often overlooked. These are the skills that many employers and managers look at when considering promotions or moves into new responsibilities; they can include listening skills, ability to work well with others, cross-training on related jobs and responsibilities, organization and planning as well as initiative.
Listen carefully to the feedback you receive, and actively work on making improvements. This will not only improve your skills, but also increase your chances for a promotion by showing management that you are eager to learn more.
Become an Expert in Something
Are you a jack of all trades? That can be both a benefit and a curse. The further you move up the career ladder, the more specialized knowledge you’ll be expected to have. Go through the job duties of the role you want, and find a way to become an expert in at least one of them. You might take a class, talk to a mentor, if you work in a distribution center, get forklift certified, or practice your skills at home. Whatever route you choose, becoming an expert can help you stand out from the crowd.
Find Areas for Organizational Improvement
Take a few minutes to think through inefficiencies in your workplace. What could be done differently to boost productivity, safety, money management, or some other element of your job? Come up with one or two areas that need improvement, along with a few suggestions for each. Then present your findings to your supervisor. This will show initiative, problem-solving skills, and leadership potential, ultimately raising your chances for a promotion.
Of course, all workplaces have their own internal issues, some of which can block even the most worthy employee from moving up. In this case, looking for a new job altogether may be the best solution. If you’re ready for your next role, start searching for a new job with SURESTAFF today!
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