How to Get a Promotion
Remote work is an excellent option for many employees; however, it can come with a downfall. With the rise of remote work comes the rise of proximity bias. Proximity bias is when preferential treatment is unintentionally given to those closest to us. as the saying goes, ‘out of sight, you’re out of mind.’ By this definition, employees who work from home are more likely to be passed up for opportunities like promotions. While you can’t control your employer’s biases, you can still overcome them.
6 Tips to Get Noticed and Earn a Promotion
- Stay engaged
- Never stop learning
- Take on more responsibilities
- Track your progress
- Ask for feedback
- Voice your goals
The key is to increase your visibility. Make yourself seen, and people won’t forget you. If you ever have an idea or solution for a company problem, bring this up with your senior leaders or during meetings. During video meetings, keep your camera on and be sure to contribute to the discussion.
If attending meetings in person is an option, take advantage of it as much as possible. Try to visit the office and go to any work events. You don’t need to be best friends with your co-workers, but building a rapport with them can help you stay visible.
Never stop learning
If you’re looking to advance your career, upskilling is essential to keeping your skills and knowledge fresh. You must figure out your career goals and direct your learning to these areas.
Formal education, like a master’s degree, might be necessary, depending on your goals. Lean back on your network to find webinars and conferences. Before making any decisions check in with your supervisor, as your company might be able to finance your education.
Continuously bettering your skills and gaining new knowledge proves you have leadership qualities and can keep up with industry trends.
Take on more responsibilities
If you want a promotion, you need to take the initiative. Demonstrate your commitment by taking on more responsibilities. If a new project is beginning, see how you can get involved. If your boss’s workload is getting heavy, see if there are any tasks they can delegate to you. Or simply ask if there are more responsibilities you can take on.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you know you won’t be able to complete these tasks successfully but still accept them, you’ll just cause yourself to burn out.
Track your progress
Keep an ongoing file of your project results, achievements and any positive feedback received from colleagues, supervisors and clients. As you grow this document, you can use it to back up your case when asking for a promotion.
Ask for feedback
Make a point to ask your boss for feedback regularly. A second set of eyes can you identify areas of weakness. Asking for feedback means you’re adaptable and really serious about improving yourself. Without getting feedback, you might think you’ve done all you can to earn a promotion when in reality, your boss might wish to see you further develop certain skills.
You’ll never know your boss’s expectations if you don’t ask.
Voice your goals
Don’t just wait for a promotion to come to you. Your boss isn’t a mind-reader. They might see you’re an excellent employee, but that doesn’t mean they know you want a promotion. Schedule a time to discuss your career goals with your supervisor. Your boss can be a mentor for you. If you make them aware of your goals, they can guide you in the right direction. If a promotion opportunity does come up, they’ll be more likely to think of you than if you didn’t tell them.
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