How to Get Promoted
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Every job has a routine. Usually it starts with morning coffee, then the daily grind. The ins and outs of a specific position can be mastered over time. Yet getting promoted after developing skills for a current position can be a bit trickier.
"Focus on accomplishing something significant every day," said Joe Weinlick, vice president of marketing for Beyond.com, an online career network with 40 million members that connects job seekers with employers. "It is easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day activities. However, when it comes time for a promotion, most people will not remember whether you answered every email, completed all your paper work or fulfilled every request. They will remember if you increased sales, made money, helped retain or grow a key client or improved productivity."
People who get promoted are indispensable to the bottom line. They are people who are of critical importance.
Weinlick also added a few additional ways to get noticed.
"Arrive early every day," he said. "Most companies will say it does not matter whether you come in early. But if you do, they will notice. It is also important to listen. It is amazing how listening can lead to being noticed. By listening to others you learn a lot. Then, when you do speak, it comes across as relevant and meaningful."
But be careful before gunning for that step up.
"Know what a promotion would entail," said Ed Fleischman, CEO and founder of Execu|Search, a major staffing and recruiting firm in Boston and New York. "Sure, it might mean more money, but are you prepared to handle the additional responsibilities? Prepare yourself by knowing exactly what will be expected of you in the new position if you are to succeed in obtaining a promotion."
He encouraged candidates to start taking on further responsibility where possible. He spoke about the importance of picking up extra relevant work.
"This will show your supervisor ahead of time that you are capable of handling the position and that you are eager to advance," Fleischman said.
Stephanie Smith, an executive coach and consultant based in Manhattan who has led Stratex since 1996, expressed caution about letting personal ambition get in the way while climbing the corporate ladder.
"There is no individual gold medal in business," she said. "Organizational excellence is a team sport."
Weinlick seconded this point.
"Be a team player," he said. "Show leadership by working harder than other people and be willing to help others. Most companies want to promote people who can solve problems by working with and leading others."
It is important to acknowledge that many promotions involve managing people. In order to manage people, there has to be a demonstration that a candidate can seamlessly work with people.