that they are a valuable employee, the increased say in company affairs and, naturally, the bigger paycheck that comes with a promotion. A lot of those people, however, feel that they have been passed over for a promotion that they deserved. It is frustrating and discouraging when you feel like your hard work is not being acknowledged or appreciated. So, how do you make your manager notice your contributions to the company?
Have the Right Attitude
A positive attitude is essential if you want to move up the corporate ladder. You do not have to pretend that everything is always butterflies and rainbows, but keeping a “glass half-full” attitude will go a long way with most managers. An employee with a pessimistic or negative attitude is considered by many employers to be as undesirable as an employee who is chronically late to work. In fact, an employee who uses vulgar language, consistently leaves work early or takes too many sick days is considered to be preferable over an employee with a poor attitude. So, you are hurting your chances at getting a promotion if you have a habit of complaining on the job. In the event that you think you need an attitude adjustment, make it a point to find the silver lining of any situation. Use challenges as learning opportunities, and above all, keep complaints locked behind your lips.
Dress For Success
This is the most dreaded piece of advice for any introvert, but plenty of extroverts fail to socialize in a way that helps them climb the corporate ladder. Going out with your friends every weekend might be great for your social life, and volunteering in your community is always worthwhile. Those pursuits, however, do not necessarily help you reach the next stepping stone in your career. If you want that promotion, make it a point to socialize with your coworkers outside of office hours. Take part in the company softball league or join the team for drinks on Friday night. Spending time with your colleagues outside of work shows that you are invested in the company. A manager is more likely to promote employees that care about the company’s future over those who are just putting in their 40 hours a week. No one wants to give more responsibility to an employee who is just going through the motions.
Succeed in Your Current Position
This is somewhat self-explanatory. If you are not succeeding in your current position, you are not ready for a promotion. No manager is going to give you more responsibility if you are overwhelmed by the responsibilities you already have. Before you start eyeing the position above you, make sure you are on top of your current tasks. You may want to move up the corporate ladder sooner rather than later due to financial reasons or because you are less than enthused with your current responsibilities, but you have to prove yourself in your current position first. Make sure you are getting feedback from your manager. If you are not, ask for some critiques. Find out what you are doing well and where your manager feels like you are struggling. Ask about what skills you need to improve on and how to develop them. Inquire about how else you can help the team or company succeed from your current role. Honest feedback will help you strengthen areas where you are weak, and help you continue to excel in areas where you thriving. Simply asking for feedback also reassures your manager that you are dedicated to succeeding in your current role.