So, you want to move up a few rungs on the career ladder hey? Well, making it clear that you want to progress to the next level and asking for help to get there is really important.
Here are 5 simple things you can do today to be more content at work from the experts at JobAdvisor
1. Be Before You Can Have
Would you say to a Personal Trainer, “I’ll start exercising once you make me fit”? Would you expect a fire to give you heat if you don’t give it any fuel? Of course not, you need to put in the work before you can expect to get the result and the same applies with getting a promotion. Opportunities generally tend to go to those people that are already acting like the person they want to become. A lot of people get this backwards and think, “I’ll act like a Manager when I get the promotion.” That’s just not how it works. If you want to get a promotion, start acting like that person now. When you’ve proven you’re capable, then you’ll be ready to step into those shoes.
2. Do The Best You Can Where You Are Right Now
If you don’t like the job you’re doing right now, the worst thing you can do if you want a promotion is do a terrible job of it. They best way to get out of a job you hate is to do the very best you can because this will create so many more opportunities to move into something you really want to do. Chances are you’ll also enjoy the job you hate a lot more if you’re actually doing the best you can – slacking off might sound great in theory but in reality it makes you feel like crap.
3. Know Where You Want To Go and What It Takes To Get There
If you don’t know where you want to go it’s really hard for people to help you get there, so it’s important to have an idea of what kind of promotion you’d like to be working towards. If you don’t know what options exist, hopefully you have a boss who will be happy to do a bit of career planning with you. Once you know where you want to go, then start to define some realistic time frames and milestones to get there. Essentially you want to be able to say, “if I can do X, Y and Z by Feb next year then I’ll be ready to take the next step when an opportunity presents.”
4. Get New Skills
Part of taking the next step will probably involve developing some new skills. Don’t wait until you get the job to get these skills, start working on them now. Do some reading, take a course, listen to some audio books on the bus on your way to work… whatever it takes to round out your education so that when the opportunity comes knocking you’re ready for it.
5. Do More Than You Need To
Your boss notices everything. They notice when you slack off and they notice when you do more than you have to. They might not always (or ever) say anything, but they do notice. Who would you choose to give a promotion to if you were them? Chances are it’s the person who does more than they need to, that’s who I’d want on my team.
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