How to Get on the Fast Track to a Promotion

June 18, 2015

Career Advice

6076843304_5cc55d90e3_zFeeling antsy? Like it’s time to move up or move on? Like you put in enough time and you deserve some recognition? We know the feeling. Waiting for a promotion is the opposite of fun. It’s completely out of your hands — or is it? There are a few easy steps you can take to show your boss that you’re ready for the next step in your career.

1. Go above and beyond your job description.
The only way your manager knows that you’re willing to accept more responsibilities is if you accept more responsibilities. That might mean accepting an offer to go above and beyond, volunteering when the opportunity arises, or flat-out asking for more work. It’s the value you’ve added to the team, not the length of time you’ve been a part of it that’s the real factor in getting a promotion.

2. Speak up.
Your manager is not your babysitter. That means they might not see all the great things you’re doing. Don’t give a daily report of your workday but do make sure that your big wins are known. Don’t downplay your involvement in a successful project. That’s not the time to act humble. If you stay out of the spotlight, that’s where you’ll remain.

3. Make friends.
We’ve written a whole post on this, but networking within your company is just as important as networking outside of it. Get to know your coworkers. Buddy up to your boss. Ask for a mentor. Make friends with people in another department. Being the friendly person that everyone gets along with can only help your career.

Image via Didier Jansen

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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