Most Americans express overall job satisfaction, according to a survey from March of this year—except when it comes to promotion opportunities. In that category, many people feel they just don’t have a chance to advance. Even those who see openings may not be taking full advantage of them. If you feel you deserve a promotion, here is how to increase your likelihood of getting one.
Generally speaking, people want to help other people. Let those in power know you want to advance your career and they may take a special interest in helping you do so. It would be especially advantageous to find a mentor who can introduce you to the right people, steer you toward special projects and help you navigate situations when you feel you may be in over your head.
There is an undeniable trend toward artificial intelligence in just about every industry; massive amounts of data have created a genuine need for AI. However, there continues to be an even greater requirement for human intelligence. Companies need people to make sense of information and apply new knowledge to company operations—to translate data into greater profits. Be your firm’s go-to employee by mastering supply chain analytics, cybersecurity practices and financial valuation.
Sometimes if you want to move up, you have to move over first. Accepting lateral moves compels you to learn the functions of various departments which makes you more valuable to the company as a whole. Changing departments also permits you to connect with new colleagues, supervisors and managers who may be able to pave your path upwards if you make a good impression. The more people you have worked alongside, the more people will be in a position to recommend you to top-level executives. For maximum promotability at a large corporation be willing to relocate; multinational firms may find you particularly suited for advancement if you learn other languages.
Ultimately, your promotion is in your own hands. Others in the company will not realize how much you have contributed to the firm’s success unless you tell them. Inform upper management of specific ways you have added value—especially if you have increased sales, enhanced profitability or lowered costs—and support your assertions with data. Highlight instances when you have taken on extra projects or initiated successful programs. You never know when a new position will open up or a current position will be vacated, so always be ready. Follow these four steps and you will be perpetually poised for promotion.