Securing a Job Promotion

Are you happy in your current job or do you feel that you deserve a promotion? Promotions are given to employees who deserve more responsibility and higher salaries. Some employers give promotions to employees after yearly reviews, some give promotions on an as-needed basis, and some do not give promotions unless an employee asks for one.

If you want to move up the corporate ladder and you feel that you deserve a promotion, you might have to prove your worth.  Also read "Career Advancement" for further information about climbing the company ladder.

Following are the top 7 tips on how to secure a job promotion:

  1. Find employment with a company that has several departments and many opportunities. If you choose to work for a company that has only a handful of employees your likelihood of being promoted is much smaller than if you work for a company that has many departments or divisions. Larger companies offer more possibilities for promotions. If you work for a large company and your specific department does not have any advancement opportunities, you may be able to transfer to another department for a higher level job.

  2. Don’t be a complainer. Workers who are vocal about their disappointments or disapprovals about their employers or about the work they are assigned are the least likely to receive promotions. Employers like employees that are positive and happy while at work. They are much more likely to promote the most cheerful individuals in the office rather than those who always have negative attitudes.

  3. Be your own advocate. If you did a great job on a project make sure your boss knows about it. If you met your goals and your boss fails to recognize you for it, make sure to remind him or her. If you have been making the same salary in the same position for many years and you feel that you deserve a raise and a promotion it’s time to have a frank discussion with your boss about the reasons you deserve more.

  4. Help others when they need it. Helping others in your office is not the same as doing their work for them. It is not your job to take on more than is required of you. But, helping others and “going beyond the call of duty” is regarded as a positive trait. Being known as helpful and resourceful makes you an indispensable member of your team. Promotions are given to workers that a company cherishes before they are given to average employees.

  5. Talk openly about your desire for a promotion. Does your boss know that you want more job responsibilities? Your boss may be under the impression that you are perfectly happy in your current job. You may portray an attitude that you enjoy your current job so much that you don’t want to leave it for something higher level. If you do want to move up the corporate ladder, make sure to mention it. It’s not something that must be discussed on a daily basis, but it is something that you should make very clear to your boss. After your boss is aware of your desire, you may be put next in line for a promotion when an opening becomes available.

  6. Find out of a degree will help advance your career. Some jobs require certain educational credentials. If you want a promotion but your employer cannot give you one until you have earned a specific certificate or degree, it may be time to enroll in school!

  7. Find another job. If you are desperate for a promotion and you are able to secure a higher level position at another company, you might be able to use the job offer as leverage for obtaining a promotion at your current company. You must position your predicament in a positive manner. Don’t threaten your current employer. Rather, give them the opportunity to provide you with a promotion and let them know that if it is not received you will accept the position at the other company. Keep in mind that your employer might let you go.

As the website TheAdventurousWriter.com states, “Knowing how to get a job promotion will help you work your way up the corporate ladder.” Tips include being appreciative, being indispensible, being aware of office changes, and asking for additional work.

When it comes to securing a promotion the key is being an employee that an employer truly appreciates, respects and trusts. The most important factor when being considered for a promotion, according to JobSearch.About.com is “being a stellar employee.” Being dedicated to learning more about your business, being known as a leader, and being someone who is adaptable to changing environments are all desirable traits. Staying committed to your career goals will help ensure that you are offered the promotion you deserve.

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Written by Melanie Fischer, Career & Job Expert who has been writing professionally for over 10 years.