“I have been working in the same company for two years now. All the while I have been in one department working in the same capacity. How do I leverage on my skills and experience to ready myself up for a promotion in the next job performance review?”
Sounds like you? Sounds like most Kenyans actually. There comes a time in your career journey when after evaluating where you’ve been, things you’ve accomplished in your current role, projects you’ve managed to smash, you feel it in your gut. “You know what, I am ready for a promotion.
That said, how do you transition from one job to another, smoothly and without raising eyebrows in the management or within the team?
Here are some tips to help you get the promotion you so rightfully deserve.
1.Develop Mentoring Relationships
Isn’t this too obvious. You’ve got to build mentoring relationships with an “anchor” in the company. You’ve got to find someone higher up in the ranks who can help you spread a good word about you.
Some companies have formal mentoring programs, but even if your company does not, there are still ways you can build relationships with people in higher positions in the company. Mentors can also be great sources for information and career guidance.
2. Own Projects From Start to Finish
You’ve got to own your work or as millennials like to call it, you’ve got to keep it a hundred! Organizations place a premium on individuals who follow through on their given tasks. If you can prove that you can consistently own projects from start to finish, you will not only get promoted, but you’ll also make yourself indispensable.
3. Quantify your Results
While promotions are not necessarily based on your past performance, you can certainly make a much better case for a promotion by showing detailed information about your past successes. Those who get results get ahead.Keep a record of everything you do that enhances the company’s bottom line. Make a list of everything you do that puts the company or your department in a good light.
Remind your boss of the things you do that are creative and innovative, and point out acts that highlight your loyalty and commitment to the organization.How does this help you in the long run? Keeping track of this information will also help you to keep your resume up to date, as you consider long-term career opportunities.
4. How to Get Promoted: Acquire New Knowledge and Skills
This one is no brainer! It goes without saying that one of the best ways to succeed in getting a promotion is to expand your knowledge and skills sets in areas that are critical to the organization.As technology and other environmental forces change rapidly, you need an ever-increasing skill set not only to perform your job, but to stay marketable.
Technology is no longer just for IT. Everyone in the company needs to be up to date on the technology that impacts their role so understand the tools you use to do your job. Experts also suggest that employees who want to get ahead should not only keep current with industry news and events, but should also pay attention to trends and events outside their area of expertise.
5. How to Get Promoted: Act Professionally at All Times
Want to get ahead? Earn a reputation for being dependable, professional, and cooperative. Act and look the part. Dress professionally and neatly, even on business casual days. Ask questions when you aren’t sure how to do something. It’s always better to admit you don’t have all the answers than to be a know-it-all.
Finally, you’ve got to be a problem-solver. Go to your boss with problems only as a last resort; he or she will appreciate it if you make every effort to solve the problem on your own. If a difficult situation arises, be sure to come up with at least one solution before seeking your boss’s blessing for dealing with the situation.