How to Get Promoted Quickly

Whether your boss sees you as “promotion material” depends on many things. You may be struggling to get an extra qualification when in fact, it’s office gossip that determines who gets promoted.

So what can you do to make sure that your junior colleague doesn’t bypass you? These 5 simple strategies will ensure that you stay on the fast-track to promotion.

1. Develop a career plan.

Just like a road map, a career plan will help you navigate toward your goals. There are lots of templates you can find online. Just make sure your plan addresses:

  • What you want
  • How you plan to get it.
  • When you expect to get it

With a clear pan, you will know the exact skills you need and establish a time frame for promotion.

2. Learn new technical skills.

If you are a manager, learn new skills in areas outside your immediate expertise. You’ll show your supervisor that you understand the organization as a whole.

Plus, you’ll be better equipped to lead more people.

If you are not a manager, try taking courses to increase your knowledge and abilities.

You might even test for certification, e.g. CPA if you have a basic finance degree or a CME if you are in the marketing field.

3. Improve your people skills.

You must know people to lead them. Great leaders work:
FOR people,
WITH people, and
THROUGH people.

Learn to understand what others think, feel, and say. Develop your compassion and adopt a positive attitude.

These traits will go a long way in helping you learn to relate, manage and interact with colleagues, whether senior or junior to you.

4. Take opportunities as they come.

As you gain new skills, show leadership your promotion-worthiness by taking up challenges that others won’t.

Use these opportunities to demonstrate your professional growth and the outcome is obvious:

Your boss will understand your value, and you will be promoted.

5. Ask for a promotion.

People are uncomfortable asking their bosses for anything. It’s ideal if leadership notices your hard work and new skills, but most leaders are too busy or focused on other things.

If you’ve followed these steps and have demonstrated your abilities well, make an appointment with your boss and clearly state your desire to be promoted.
Back it up with evidence (examples) that:

  • You know your work and have done it exceptionally well.
  • You are confident of your value to the organization.
  • Your value is increasing and therefore so should your reward.

So, don’t wait for the promotion, make the opportunity for it.

If after you’ve spoken with your boss you still find promotion elusive, keep an updated copy of your resume so you can take up an opportunity that may arise somewhere else.