Top Seven Tips to Get a Job Promotion

How come that career promotion never arrives? This article explains where you might be going wrong and seven simple ways to give yourself the best chances possible.

By Shari Hearn

Do you dream of a job promotion, yet somehow it never comes? Perhaps it's because you're dreaming too much and not taking initiative. If you want to get promoted, you've got to take action. Here are seven action steps to help turn your dream promotion into a reality.

1. Be on time all the time
It may seem like a no-brainer, but how can you expect a promotion at work if you're consistently late? Employees who squeak in even a couple minutes late are sending signals to the boss that work is where they'd rather not be. Show your boss you're eager to begin your day by showing up at least ten to fifteen minutes early, with time to spare to make your coffee and get settled before working.

2. Work extra hours
This, of course, is a tricky one. While you don't want your job to dominate your life, you do want your boss to see you as someone who will give a little extra to the organisation, and that includes offering to stay late if needed.

3. Dress for success
Image is everything. If you want to be seen as a professional, then you have to start dressing like one. While this may seem shallow, your appearance is a visual cue to the boss of what type of employee you are. Will you be one who slaps something on in the morning for your dead-end position, or are you one who dresses like you already are a professional?

4. Learn something new
Go the extra mile by learning new skills. Find out about the technical knowledge required in the position you're aiming for and then learn about it, either by enrolling yourself in training programs provided by your employer, or enrolling in classes in your community or online. Nowadays it's important to have some knowledge about computing, and you should learn it even if the company doesn't provide it or tell you to do so.

If your company has offices in other countries, you may consider learning a new language, specifically one that is used in one of your major offices. This means that you can function wherever you may be assigned. Just in case your company needs a new manager in Tokyo or Paris, they'll know whom to promote.

5. Ask for more responsibilities
Asking for more responsibilities signals to the higher-ups that you may be ready to move up the company ladder. You're no longer the average Joe or Jane who's just putting in time, instead you're someone who has initiative and cares about the success of the company.

6. Learn public speaking
This may not be necessary for some positions, but often when you move up in a company you may be called upon to give a presentation or address a group of people. Be ready for it by acquiring some public speaking skills. This will not only help in giving presentations to groups of people, but will also help with small group interactions, where you might be called upon to present an idea to your boss and other leaders of the company. You can take public speaking courses at college level or join a toastmasters group, where you will receive much needed practice giving speeches.

7. Make yourself known to human resources
No one knows the staffing needs of the company better than the human resources department. Get to know members of that department so you can stay informed of future job openings. Make it a point to let them know who you are, and that you're interested in moving up. That way, when a position does become available, you will be among the first people they consider. Of course, this also can be a bit tricky. The last thing you want is to be phoney and pushy. Try to make your presence known without becoming that annoying person they all try to avoid.

These are just some of the ways to go the extra mile to move up at work. Yes, it all takes effort. But, hopefully, the rewards will be great.

Shari Hearn is a writer and creator of a career training website,, where you can learn about many different career options, including paralegal study and office manager careers.

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