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How To Be Successful At Work: Get That Promotion

Updated on March 27, 2014

Most people want to do well in their careers, but sometimes we lack the skills needed for success. We want to be recognized for our achievements on the job. But how do we get our bosses to notice our good work? We work for monetary rewards but also the acknowledgement of a job well done. Recognition is important, if we are to climb the corporate ladder. Here are some ways to get noticed for your hard work and get that promotion.

Career advancement or “pigeon hole”

Make sure you are working for company that provides opportunity for advancement. Does the company appear to have concise guidelines for promotion or is the criteria vague. In the past, I’ve worked for a corporation that seemed to offer little hope of promotion. This contributed to the employees‘ low morale. The workers there seemed somewhat confused as to how to move up at this company. This is not ideal. good companies should outline clear expectations for promotion eligibility. Talking to your boss should give you a clearer idea of what they are looking for. But keep in mind that some corporations are intentionally set up to keep workers at low leveled positions. If you consistently notice skilled co-workers, who have been stuck in the same position for several years, run!

Working Hard or Hardly working?

In every job there are hard workers and there are “social loafers“. Are you the kind of person that goes above and beyond or do you ride the sweet waves of others’ hard work. Sometimes in a big company people can get away with being lazy. If they’re really talented, they can slip under the radar and still come out with a paycheck. But these types of people usually don’t get promoted unless they are master manipulators. Most of us want to earn the right to be at our jobs. So go ahead go that extra mile, and if possible make sure your boss sees your effort. You want them to notice that you are doing a great job. Become a valuable member of your team, avoid the temptation to be mediocre. Yes mediocre workers still get paid, but if you want to be successful, strive for excellence

Expertise Really Pays Off

There is no way around it, you have to have good skills to be successful at any job. This is why you were hired in the first place. And if you want to be promoted, you have to resist becoming stagnant. Always seek to learn new skills and find ways to improve your work. If your career offers continuing education courses, then take advantage of these opportunities. Many companies will actually pay for their employees to take these courses. Learning new skills will help your company out and you will become an asset to them.

Be Socially Savvy

Having good interpersonal skills is vital for career advancement. Being able to articulate ideas can open up a vast array of opportunities for you. Be confident in who you are and have integrity. You don’t have to change your personality if you are a reserved person then be yourself. But show employers that you enjoy working there by having a warm, friendly attitude. Bring your best self to work, and develop a good reputation. Be mindful of how you communicate at your job. Avoid gossiping and other damaging behavior. Take criticism, even if it’s negative and use it for growth. Ask for feedback from close friends or family members. They are usually more knowledgeable of our social blind spots. Keep job interactions professional but amiable. be confident of your personality’s unique flavor and show it off. Self-assured employees attract success.

If that promotion at your job seems far away, don’t lose hope. Don’t resign to being a victim of circumstances. If you want to succeed at your job, make a decision to succeed. Yes there are some dynamics at our jobs that we cannot control, but most of our success is directly related to our effort. Most people do not get into high positions without much determination. Successful workers are those who choose to grow. Continual development in these four areas are keys to job promotion and success.

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      Gabby G 3 years ago from USA

      wow that's horrible, hope you have better luck now, some people are ruthless!

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      Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

      I was always taught to work hard and be honest at work. In my twenties I stood by and watched as I was passed over for promotion by people who stole my ideas and presented them to the managers. Then I decided to present an idea to my manager thinking I would at least get credit. I did up a really nice outline for my idea at home and took it to work.

      The last laugh was on me, because the next week in a meeting with upper management (at which I was present) she announced my idea as her own and handed them my outline, word for word.

      As they told her what a great idea it was, she looked across the table at me and actually smirked!

      I learned the hard way that social smarts are very necessary. Trust but make sure that person is worthy of your trust. :)