It’s safe to assume that most people have an interest in making more money. Lots of people are interested in a better title, also. This move up the career ladder is so important that failure to earn a promotion is the top reason people leave their jobs. But it isn’t always easy to find your way to the next rung on the ladder. This blog will give you some top suggestions for how to harness your energy, skills, and enthusiasm for the climb ahead.
How to Climb Toward a Promotion
We’ve found the best way to climb the career ladder is to set goals. To do this, you have to first know what you want. Do you want to be the manager of a team? Do you simply want to move toward the word “senior” in your title? You can’t move forward without looking ahead, so figure out a goal and then plan to reach it.
Say you have a job title in mind. Before you decide your next direction, figure out what that position actually entails. Have you talked to someone in the same position to find out the pros and cons of the job? What kinds of new skills will you need to achieve that promotion? Try to reverse engineer your goal by road mapping the steps necessary to get there. Then get to work.
Once you feel like you know the direction you want to head, share your ideas with your manager. You can open a discussion at your next evaluation with something like, “I wondered if I could talk with you a bit about my future with the company?” Engage your supervisor in your vision of where you want to go in the future. A good boss will work with you to help make it happen.
As part of this process, make sure you are building strong relationships with your team. Get to know the people around you to develop a true collaboration with your team. You never know where these relationships can take you. Devote time to getting to know others. Show up at optional company events and talk to your colleagues. These relationships will help you build goodwill among your peers and colleagues that you may leverage later on.
In your current job, are you going above and beyond the job description to make things happen? You’ll get nowhere without putting in the effort, so make sure to stay engaged in your current role. Help out your co-workers and managers. Always do your best in your job and work to the exceed expectations of those around you but especially your boss.
Finally, document these efforts. As you ask for a promotion, you’ll want to quantify why the raise or title change is well-deserved. It’s the only way to help ensure you get what you deserve.
Contact PrideStaff Today!
Moving up the ladder is challenging but necessary. Most people feel that promotion is an important way to validate their work. But sometimes despite your best efforts, you just can’t make it to where you’d like to be. That’s when it’s a good time to call a recruiting firm like PrideStaff. We help good people get the job they deserve. Find out how we can help you.