Many of us are not completely fulfilled in our current jobs and are seeking that next step, that increase in salary or that natural next step along the journey of your career. More responsibility, more opportunity and sometimes even a chance to change your current lifestyle can be a goal for that new promotion. This is when you may have to outshine others in your current role and really work hard. With that in mind, here are some of the innovative ideas to help you get ahead in the workplace.
Be bold and not afraid to speak up
Sometimes we can hide behind our desks and just do our work. But this isn’t going to get you noticed, especially if you have a large office or team from which you need to be noticed. Also as we are often now working from home, you especially may need to make yourself known. So now is the time to shine and speak up when you have a point to make or an opinion to share. Don’t be afraid of your voice and knowledge, you may find that your points are valid and could help improve something. This also shows a sign of leadership and assertiveness, which could really help towards getting that coveted promotion.
Add extra skills and qualifications to your repertoire
Could you be learning in your spare time? Do you think online courses could help improve your performance daily and even help your chances of bagging a promotion? Now is the time to use your spare time wisely and add to your skills. Why not do a little research to see what would best suit your current job role and needs for promotion?
Show initiative with workload and deadlines
It’s not always easy to put your hand up for extra work, but it may be showing the initiative your boss is looking for. This could prove your capability for extra work as well as the demands a promotion could have on you. In the current climate we are needing to be more capable with online resources. Perhaps managed services and cloud services could streamline the workplace, and websites like http://www.clearfuze.com/services-solutions/managed-services/ could prove useful to share with your managers and business owners.
Brush up on your interview skills
In many cases, a promotion will require you to have an interview. So, now would be the best time to brush up on those skills and make the most of your interview technique - especially online interviews in this current climate. We just did a video on this topic we think may be helpful. Also, you will want to think about questions you may ask, work out what you want and practice the way you come across. For example, consider the question "why do you want to work here?" You know you will get that question and we just did a video on that topic too! Use friends and family to bounce off ideas. This could be the last and final hurdle you face and the difference between securing the job or losing out to a fellow co-worker. Preparation is key to ensure success.
Finally, just go the extra mile and be an all-round reliable employee. Not to mention thinking about your personality and how you come across to co-workers. It can also pay to be nice and genuine We have some great tips to fostering better co-worker connections in the workplace in this video.
Let’s hope these tips help you and if you have some of your own we want to hear them in the comments!
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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