Have you been working extra hard lately? Feel like you might be in line for a bump up in responsibility—and hopefully the money that comes along with it? Nobody wants to get skipped over for a promotion, and it turns out that simply working harder isn’t always enough. If you want to increase your chances of earning a promotion, there are a few things you can do to be better prepared when opportunity comes knocking.
1. Self Promote.
Nobody knows what you’ve accomplished or what you’re capable of better than you—so make sure your bosses know your worth. Sharing positive updates about projects you’ve worked on, lending helpful advice to teammates and bosses, and mentioning any accolades you’ve earned can all help you earn favor with your employer.
2. Get to Know Your Boss.
Hopefully, you’ve already figured out what your boss likes to see from a work standpoint. If you’re already meeting expectations in that regard, it can also be helpful to find out what your boss enjoys outside of work. Casually getting to know your boss better by asking about his or her interests and hobbies can help you both find common ground. When your boss likes you as a person as much as he or she likes what you bring to the table professionally, you’re more likely to be thought of when it’s time to promote.
3. Quantify Your Efforts.
Past performance isn’t the only thing your bosses will consider when they’re ready to promote from within, but it is a major component. Find ways to measure your impact and record tangible results of your work. Anytime something you’ve done has led to a better product, experience or a more favorable bottom line, keep track of it. That way, when your boss asks what you’ve done to improve the company, you’ll have a list of moments to pull from.
4. Ask for More Responsibility.
You’ve heard the saying, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” The same thing goes for obtaining more responsibilities. Asking for more responsibility shows your bosses that you’re willing to take on new challenges if it helps the company. It’s the kind of initiative that employers tend to remember.
5. Work Well with Others.
Most jobs require teamwork to be successful. When working with others, be as pleasant and professional as possible. Try to avoid heated confrontations. When they do occur, approach disagreements with an open mind, show teammates that you’re willing to listen to their opinions, and don’t be afraid to compromise for the betterment of the project. Never point fingers when things go wrong, and always praise teammates when they’ve done well. This will put more people in your corner and give your bosses more confidence in putting you in leadership roles down the road.