How to Get Promoted at Work

How to Get Promoted at Work

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.

5 Easy Steps to Set Your Career Goals!

5 Easy Steps to Set Your Career Goals!

As we approach the end of another year and the start of 2017, we often reflect and set goals for the following year.

How do you set career goals when you don’t know which career you want or how do you move forward in your current career?

Here are 5 easy steps to help you set career goals for the new year!


1. Gain clarity on your career vision


Brainstorm your career goals by asking yourself these three questions:

  • What is your dream job?
  • If you don’t succeed, what would you want to do?
  • How do you want to be remembered for the work that you do?

Make sure you write down the answers so you can reflect on these throughout the year.

2. Make decisions about your careeR


Understanding what your interests and values are is a huge factor in making a decision regarding your career direction.

You might need some assistant making a career decision.

A Career Counsellor can assist you by using some assessment tools such as Strong Interest Inventory Assessment or Knowdell Career Values test.

3. Make the decision to invest in yourself


  • Give yourself time to reflect on what you enjoy
  • Invest in education
  • Exercise – a healthy body leads to a healthy mind
  • Book a session with a Career Counsellor.

4. Set your goals – short term and long term


Long term goals can be a great motivator for self improvement. They give us objectives that we can strive to achieve.

An example of a long term goal is you want to become a registered nurse. How are you going to achieve this goal? How will you go from being a person who has five years experience in retail to a registered nurse?

This is when short term goals come in. They give you objectives to strive for in the near future.

Short term goals I might consider to achieve my long term goal of becoming a nurse could be:


  • Attend a career expo to find out more information on nursing
  • Arrange to speak to that friend of a friend who is a nurse
  • See a Career Counsellor to set you on the right path
  • Enrol in a First Aid course or TAFE course relating to nursing.

5. Follow the plan


Make sure you write down your plan. A goal setting sheet can really help.

Contact us to obtain a free Career Goal Setting Plan.

A Career Counsellor can assist with all of the steps above.

Career Guidance Australia specialises in assisting people to make decisions on their careers and helps them set realistic goals.

We have the tools to help. Make the time to invest in your future, contact us today to discuss how we can help you find your new career.