How to get noticed and promoted faster at work in 2019
Not sure if you'll get a promotion this year but know you’d love one at your next appraisal?
A question I recently received from someone in a similar position as you was, “Am I being unrealistic by wanting a promotion? How long should I wait to get one?”
In this blog post, I’ll reveal what makes your promotion unrealistic… and what you can do to more easily get noticed and promoted.
What will stop you from getting promoted
Believing if you work harder, you're more likely to get promoted.
Sadly this isn't true. Yes, it’s important to meet your targets.
However, while GREAT work is definitely necessary, it's doesn't make much of an impact if people don't notice your great work.
That's why it's so important to get people to notice you and your work. Get people to know your name and see the impact you're making in your team and within the company.
For example, a client I worked with was amazing at what she does. Her boss continuously praised her, and so naturally, she expected (and wanted)) a promotion.
But when it was time for her annual review, her manager said "You’ve been doing great and I asked the directors if we could promote you. However, they don't think you're ready. We only have a small budget to promote a small group of people who can clearly demonstrate their great work."
After talking with her it became clear that her challenge wasn't that she didn’t work hard enough. It was that key decision makers didn’t have sufficient examples of her great work. Because they didn't know who she was, nor what work she’s done, they couldn't see nor understand why she deserved a promotion.
This is an example of why getting noticed is a critical yet often forgotten step to progressing in the workplace.
In today's blog post, I'm going to reveal the 5 steps you can take to get noticed at work and promoted faster.
Before I dive in… it’s worth noting the obvious… which is meeting your work targets. Once you’ve done that, the following steps can help to guarantee your promotion.
#1 - Talk to decision makers and influencial people in the office
Introduce yourself and get to know key decision makers and the most influencial people in your company. This could be the CEO or department heads.
Also start building relationships with influencial people that might not be in a senior position, but are respected and listened to by executives.
For example, sometimes receptionists, personal assistants or people at various levels that are friendly with decision makers at the office, have the power to say positive or negative things about you that affect your fate. I've lost count of the number of job interview candidates that have been rejected because they were rude to the receptionist and the decision maker asked the receptionist what they thought of them.
If you'd like to connect with decision makers and influencial people, go to company luncheons and drinks and sign up for extra curricular activities. You could also say hi and make small talk when you're in the kitchen making coffee.
Once you've begun to know them a little, ask if you can have a coffee at some point to understand more about what they do and how you can be of service to them. Show an interest in helping them.
#2 - Get involved in new projects and company initiatives
Some people love saying the line “It’s above my pay grade” and give their manager an ultimatum, such as “I’ll do it if you promote me.”
While it can be tempting and justifiable to only do the work you’ve been hired to do, what helps you get a substantial raise and promotion faster, is if you do more than what you’re expected to.
Sure, this may been unfair. However, the more you go above and beyond in your role, the more you look ready to take on more responsibility.
The next time an opportunity comes up for you to do something different, take it.
Don't think "I'm too busy for this..." or "This is too boring..." or “This is not part of my job description.”
Instead think about who it'll give you the opportunity to work with and how completing this project could help raise your profile within the organisation.
#3 - Share your ideas in team meetings and ask questions in company meetings
If the person presenting or leading the meeting is making suggestions that you feel can be improved… what do you do?
Do you say something immediately? Or do you hold fire and not say anything unless you’re 100% confident you're right?
The best way to get noticed is to use your voice… even when you feel nervous or unsure about your idea.
The more collaborate and interact with your colleagues in a constructive way, the more people will value working with you.
#4 - Help the business make more money or save more money
Very few things make an executive's heart grow fonder than seeing more money coming into the business and less money going out.
Think about your role and how you can be more efficient to cut costs… or how you can help to increase the companies revenue.
For example, if you work in a client facing role, ask if you can help to land new clients. Whether it's joining a pitch or simply contacting a friend at a company who would make a great client.
And if you work in a more product driven role, think about the different actions you can take to help your team or other teams increase their sales.
Those who work in back office roles, focus on how you can save time or money in your team.
#5 - Write blog posts that get shared within the company
Last not least, become known as an expert at what you do. The easiest way to do this is to share your ideas on the best ways to do things in your field.
You may think this is only applicable to certain professions, but it’s also applicable to you.
For example, a personal assistant could write blog posts on how to best organise your time, how to be more productive or how to get things done. The more they write, the more they seem like a guru in getting things done.
Or someone who works as a manager for an organisation who protects children, could write blog posts on the best practices for identifying which children need to be protected and how individuals can best support the children under their care.
Writing blog posts can be done on LinkedIn, Medium or on your own website. It doesn't matter where you write your blog. The most important thing is that you write about topics that are interesting to decision makers and it’s reflective of your knowledge, experience and understanding of best practice.
When influencial people read your blog and like it, it'll change their perception of you and your value.
For ideas on how to get ideas for your blog, click here to read "4 Steps to Getting Amazing Blog Post Ideas Fast."
And that's it.
I'd love to know what you think. What have you done in the past that has helped you get noticed at work? Leave a comment below. My blog is read by thousands of readers and it’d be great to hear what you think.