We are now seeing managers and human resources professionals focusing on people’s skills and cultural fit to their organisation instead of considering length of service.
However a promotion just doesn’t happen itself. If you are keen to move up the ladder there are a few things you can do to increase your chances.
1. Gain New Knowledge
Undertake further education, even if it is a short course such as project management or a new computer course. You will make yourself a more attractive candidate by increasing your transferable skills.
If you know you are terrible at interviews then seek some interview coaching from a career counsellor.
2. Find a Mentor/Coach
A mentor can provide advice on areas you can improve in and they might be able to direct you towards a relevant course.
Your Mentor can also help you network and create a positive professional image for when a potential promotion arises.
3. Go Above and Beyond
- Be proactive
- Look for opportunities.
It may be volunteering to take on a new project or pitching improvements to a current process. It is important to show how divers your skill set is so don’t be afraid to put your hand up to assist other departments in your workplace.
4. Act Professionally
Dress, think and act for the role you would like to be working in. Be very careful of what you place on social media as this can impact on your future promotions.
Ensure you treat everyone in your workplace with respect even if someone isn’t your cup of tea.
5. Network, Network, Network
You may have to move outside of your comfort zone and start connecting with a range of people at various levels of the organisation.
Knowing more about the organisation you work for is an advantage. Take the opportunity to speak to colleagues in the tea room, elevator or call by their office for a quick chat.
6. Be Prepared
Don’t be caught out. Be prepared for opportunities to arise quickly.
Submitting your resume that is a few years old is not acceptable. You need to make sure your resume is up to date with all your new skills and include current projects you are working on.
Make the time to invest in your future, get your resume prepared.
By putting these actions into place you will have a better chance of being considered for future promotions.