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How to Get Promoted at Work

Updated on December 22, 2011

Getting a promotion at work is a challenging but thrilling task. Getting a promotion requires time and effort and not everyone can get the promotion or the job they want. Sometimes the seemingly smallest thing can derail career advancement for a long time if not forever. A lot of people wonder why another coworker gets a promotion over them. Some people spend their whole lives wondering why they never advance in their company. This article discusses some of the key traits and skills that employers look for when promoting employees and some of the things that might be holding you back.

Attendance holds many people back from career advancement and they don’t even know it. Excellent attendance is usually a huge factor when considering an employee for advancement. Just sliding by with average attendance usually won’t make the cut. Most companies have an attendance policy. For example, you can call out sick once every 4 months without any disciplinary action. You must remember though that avoiding disciplinary action doesn’t mean that hiring mangers won’t see it in your records. The same goes with write-ups. Policy may state that write-ups fall off after six months. But a year from now when the manager is looking to promote someone, he will remember that you called out sick three times last year and had a write-up and that other co-workers didn’t.

Communication skills are a must have to get a promotion at work. A person can have every degree in the world and be the best at what they do but if they don’t know how to talk to people then their chances of promotion are slim in most industries. Communication skills isn’t limited to how well one interviews. Email etiquette and working well with others are also very important.

Confidence goes a long way in the workplace. What good is spending weeks creating a new project that will improve efficiency in the workplace if you don’t have the confidence to present it? Having confidence in yourself and in your ideas will get you a long way at work. There are lots of signs that employers notice that show how confident a person is. Posture, speech, and mannerisms all exhibit your level of confidence. For example, if you are selling products, no one is going to want to buy from you if you don’t look confident about what you’re selling.

Consistency is another important trait to have when seeking career advancement. To achieve your full potential in your career, you have to give it 100 percent. For example, an employee might hold the highest stats consistently but also frequently comes into work late and calls out sick. Or maybe you are the best and the quickest in the department at doing a certain task but some days you just don’t feel like doing it so you pawn it off on someone else. Employers notice these kids of inconsistencies. When it comes time to choose someone for advancement, they will go for the most well- rounded consistent candidate.


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