Do you have you eye on a promotion at work this year? It’ time to start preparing now.
- Be clear on your objectives – in order to nail a promotion at work, you need to ensure that you and your boss are on the same page. At the start of the year, you should have worked with your manage to set key, measurable objectives for the next 6 – 12 months. If you didn’t then make sure you bring this up with your manager in your next 1:1 and ask for these to be documented. Keep these at the top of your mind each week to ensure you are able to deliver to them.
- Make notes as you go – it’s important to document what you are achieving as you go so that when it comes to your next appraisal/review you have specific evidence to support your promotion chances. Keep a record of targets you are hitting, project you have delivered etc etc.
- Learn the art of self-promotion – self-promotion can be a hard balance – you don’t want to be someone who comes across as arrogant at work and always saying how great you are, but at the same time you want to be showing to your manager what you are achieving. A good way to do this is to set up an email folder called “praise” and save in there any emails you get where someone congratulates or thanks you on a job well done. Keep these to show to your manager come appraisal time.
- Regular check ins – talking about working towards promotion at the start of the year and then not discussing it again until the end of the year is not a good strategy. Instead, make sure you raise your promotion chances with your manager once a month to ensure you are on track with what you need to be doing (or have the opportunity to fix them).
- Go above and beyond – getting a promotion at work isn’t a walk in the park and you can’t expect it to fall into your lap. Meeting your objectives is step one but you need to also back this up by exceeding your objectives where at all possible – think smashing the targets you have rather than just hitting them, delivering a project or piece of work ahead of schedule rather than on time, offering to help out others in the team, putting your hand up to volunteer for extra projects, making suggestions and coming up with ideas in meetings. All of these will help you get that extra recognition to give you an extra push towards promotion.
You glow get it girl!