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Getting Promoted: The Easy and Hard Way

Updated on April 7, 2012

You have worked for company X for more than a year now and it is time to get yourself a pay rise and promotion. However, which is the better and faster way to get a promotion? There are a lot of ways you can do it to get yourself promoted. I had classified them into two which are the easy way and the hard way.

Either way you do, you will have the promotion in no time (at least these methods will move you to the right path) and I bet you will see the results very soon. Bear in mind that whichever way you choose, there will be consequences and backfires. In this article, I have also listed down on how to overcome them to make the guide even more complete.

Are you prepared to be a slave for your boss?
Are you prepared to be a slave for your boss?

The Easy Way Out

Okay let us start with the easy way. Basically, these methods are the easiest and you will have no problem making yourself the boss’s favourite staff.

Easy Way #1: Become a total slave

Oh yes! You are hell right. This is the type of employee that is basically “Yes sir, right away sir!” and “No problem sir. I will do it right away!”

Pros: Let be really frank here. How many bosses out there in the world do not like such staff? Regardless of how great the boss is, he or she will always appreciate such type of people.

Cons: You are going to be a slave for a long, long time. Even if you get yourself a promotion, you will forever be ‘tied’ down to it. Expect yourself doing more than what you ever are doing. In the eyes of the rest of your colleagues, you are the boss’s ass kisser. You are going to be hate by everyone, expect your own boss.

Easy Way #2: No question asked policy

For this method, regardless of what your boss ask you to do, you will just do it. Even if your boss asks you to kill someone, you will do it without any question asked (may be not?).

Pros: You are going to be his ‘repairman’ and no matter how; you will be protected by him or her. The best part is you will have an upper hand when comes to pay rise or even requesting for off days.

Cons: Expect doing more work and tasks out of your job description. You might need to stay back a lot just to finish up the jobs and if he is on a bad day, you are going to go through a lot of trouble. Again, your colleagues will hate you as they think the boss is giving you more chances to get yourself promoted. At the same time, they might think that the boss is giving you more advantage compared to them.

Picture explains a thousand words
Picture explains a thousand words

The gruesome ways are only for those who are tough, motivated and eager to perform their best.

The Gruesome Ways

These are the hardest way to get promoted as it takes time and efforts. You will have a 50-50 chance of success depending on the outcome and how well you use the situation.

Gruesome Way #1: Do your best

Does it sounds broad? Yes it really does but think again. This is not an easy task. You will need to do your best in everything.

Pros: In the long run, you will gain respect not only from your boss but also from your colleagues. You will be able to prove to the rest that you are capable and you work your way up to be the top best.

Cons: Time duration is the main factor here. It might take half a year or may be more. There is no short cut or day offs for this method. You got to crack your brain and even squeeze the last drop of your brain juice to be able to be at the top of the pack.

Get it started now!
Get it started now!

Gruesome Way #2: Proving yourself

This is in fact the hardest part of all. This method does not only allow you to show off your capabilities but also at the same time, prove to the management that you are a valuable asset to the company.

Pros: At the end of the day, you will be able to tell and show to the rest of the world that you are worth it. Once you are successful, you will be able to prove to the rest that you deserved a promotion from your hard work. Simply by proving yourself, you will be able to get yourself ready and even polish your personal skills in order to be ready for a promotion.

Cons: You are going to face an uphill challenge from day one. There is no resting or off days for you. You got to be at your very best on a daily basis. Alike method one, you are going to do this for some time. You need to consider every option before taking a decision. People around you might think you want to show off and prove you are better from the rest. You might face some challenges from your colleagues and that will be something very normal on a daily basis.


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  • nicregi profile imageAUTHOR

    Reginald Chan 

    8 years ago from Malaysia

    Hi ingenira.

    Thank you for your comment. Very true indeed. As the saying goes, "either you move up or you get moved out" :)

    Always try your best and never give up!

  • Ingenira profile image


    8 years ago

    Good writeup. It's a competitive world out there, either you strive to go up, and be happy with whatever that comes along.

  • nicregi profile imageAUTHOR

    Reginald Chan 

    8 years ago from Malaysia

    Hi traqqer.

    Thanks for the info and comment! Will change in abit :)

    Thanks again ^_^

    *picture updated :)

  • Traqqer profile image


    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    I like your article, but just wanted to warn you that the picture you have of the slave is offensive. In the US, pictures like that are considered bad taste. You might want to consider changing it.

  • nicregi profile imageAUTHOR

    Reginald Chan 

    8 years ago from Malaysia

    Hi prasetio30

    Glad you liked it and thank you for your inspiring comment :)

    Have a great day!

  • prasetio30 profile image


    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    You are absolutely right, my friend. I learn much from you. Sometimes it looks easy to promote our work, but in other hands it looks difficult if we don't wanna try it, right. Thumbs up for you.


  • nicregi profile imageAUTHOR

    Reginald Chan 

    8 years ago from Malaysia

    Hi master9888

    Thank you for your comment! Glad you liked it :)

    Good luck and thank you for your time ^_^

  • master9888 profile image


    8 years ago from Singapore

    Well said , very informative, cool and inspiring. Good work dude.


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