These days, advancing your career isn’t easy and just working hard is not enough to move it along. Here are eight ways to get promoted and increase your earning power.
We chatted to Academy of York principal, Richard Leeming, about improving your skills and work ethic and having model aspirational behaviour.
1. Believe in yourself and be confident
You have to be confident and believe in your own power to deliver at the next level to get promoted. Be assertive at work and go after what you want. You need to believe it first, and then your employer will.
2. Let go of the gossip and negativity
Do you stand around the coffee station or water cooler complaining and gossiping? Ask yourself: is this what the CEO of the company does? Rather surround yourself with positive, upbeat people who are going somewhere if you’re looking for career growth.
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3. Learn your firm’s big picture
Show an interest in your company’s strategic direction. Ask questions, think in broader terms and step into a company owner mindset. Speaking and thinking like a leader will help you to embrace the bigger goals of your company.
4. Be a self-starter
A self-starter is someone who is always looking for opportunities and then making conscious decisions to pursue them. Possessing an appetite for learning, exploring ways of doing things more effectively, plus the ability to constantly apply the knowledge you have learned will make you indispensable in the workplace.
5. Take pride in your work
People who get promoted take pride in their work. Being driven by genuine enthusiasm and a desire to do their best no matter how small the job, is a trademark of a successful person.
6. Back it up with skills and knowledge
It’s important to be ready for the next step when it comes your way.
7. Have a direction
Work out where you’d like to go and by when. Goal setting is vital to achieving personal success, as setting goals allows you to choose the way you wish to navigate through life. Remember, goals need to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time based.
8. Build relationships with key people
Align yourself with the right goals and don’t waste time focusing on what is not important. Get to know key people in different parts of your organisation who are involved in vital projects. By reaching out and showing an interest you are one step closer to being in the A-Team.
These 8 steps are actions you can take right now to help you get promoted. Master your career, set your own trajectory and reach for the stars.