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Ideas for Getting a Promotion and Raise at Work
It can be tough out in the working world. There tends to be a lot of competition, even after you have the job. In tough economic times, getting a promotion and/or raise can be difficult. We keep hearing that you should be thankful that you have a job. But with the cost of everything continuing to rise, most people can't stop at just having a job. They need to advance and they need to make more money. Let's talk about some ways to better your career, your chances for promotion and getting a higher salary.
The most important thing is to do your job well. Even if you aren't very happy there, you need to continue to do your job well. Try your hardest and you will be rewarded. Show up on time (early if you can) and work a full day or shift. Don't take a bunch of breaks, don't spend unnecessary time talking to coworkers about the weather or sports, and don't talk on the phone or surf the net when you are supposed to be working. When you are at work - work to the best of your ability. The managers will notice this and remember this about you come advancement or raise time.
Look for every opportunity to further your education. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement and you should take advantage of it. This doesn't have to mean working on a college degree. When I was in banking, I took several night classes on everything from accounting to communications - this was all paid for by the bank and they were impressed with my desire to gain knowledge.
Help out in ways that are not part of your job. If you see something that needs to be done (adding paper to the copier, for example) then do it. Look for ways you can do more than just the bare minimum. If there are committees to join (for instance my husband is on the Building Improvement Team at his work) try to join something. I realize that you can't do everything, but if you want to stand out at work you have to go above and beyond whenever you can. If your employer needs a volunteer, try to take advantage of it. See these opportunities not as something else to do that day, but as a chance to make a good impression.
Keep track of the things you have done well. If you completed a tough project on time make a note. If you went above and beyond and worked a weekend to get something installed on time, write it down. Keep a log of the things you have done to help out your company. At some point you will be up for review - either for a promotion or a raise. You can use these things to your benefit. When you can specifically state numerous examples of how you have helped the company you are much more likely to get an increase. But the chances are good that your hard work was already noticed and you won't have to try to convince them.