You’ve heard of people wanting to climb the corporate ladder, right? Probably so… Well, did you know that the reality of climbing the corporate ladder is actually just a series of promotions until you’ve reached the level of success you’ve been striving for?
Some people go to work each day with the intent of doing their job better than they did the day before. There are also people who come to work perfectly happy where they are and have no intention or desire for a promotion. There’s nothing wrong with not wanting a promotion, as long as the quality of your work remains consistent… but for those who are striving for a promotion, it’s important that you understand that a promotion will earn you a higher income but it’s also going to come with more responsibilities that you might not be accustomed to.
In knowing the likelihood of more obligations and responsibilities, you have to stop and ask yourself if you’re ready to take that on. You also have to understand and implement a certain type of work ethic that will make you stand out from your competition… yes, competition. Just like you’ve seen the new regional director position open, other people saw it as well and are going to do everything to enhance their chances of landing the position and you will need to act accordingly.
This isn’t necessarily saying to “suck up” but you are going to have to go above and beyond to stand out, and there’s nothing wrong with doing that. If you want to increase your likelihood of getting that promotion, consider some of these takeaways to help you become a qualified contender.
First and Foremost… Ask Yourself Why
In your quest to become a qualified contender for a promotion, ask yourself why you want the promotion. Some people genuinely have a hunger for success… it’s almost like success is embedded in them and they can’t help but hunger for it. Other’s may want the promotion for the increase in pay… but regardless of your reason, just make sure your reason is reason enough to handle the responsibilities that comes with the raise in pay.
Act as Though You Have the Job
You’ve heard people say that everything in life is mental… and it really is, if you think about it. Every day you make choices and each choice you make dictates your next move. In conjunction with that, it’s also about perspective. Maybe you haven’t snagged the position yet but you know that in order to have that position you have to dress nice and you have to meet certain goals each week.
In knowing that, why not act and look the part? Why not jazz up your wardrobe with a couple of pairs of smart casual shoes or a few suits? You can even up the anty on your accessories too! You can find a nice briefcase to go with your suits and you can even trade-in your old phone and buy an updated phone to stay connected.
If you want that position, start dressing and carrying yourself in a way that shows your employer that you mean business. Start looking the part and going above and beyond in your work and that will get you noticed and also show that you already have what it takes.
Establish Positive Work Relationships
This is something that comes a little easier for some than others. When trying to snag a promotion, yes, you need to have the knowledge and skills required for the position but you also have to be approachable and likable… well, you should want to be… there are all kinds of personalities in management and some of them aren’t very likable ones. But the fact that you’re trying to get your foot in the door, it’s very important that you strive to be likable… a negative vibe might make them feel like you’re not a good fit.
According to positivepsychology.com, positive interactions in the workplace can be the very source of encouragement, productivity, and enrichment.
Are You Willing to Make Sacrifices?
In becoming a qualified contender for a promotion, that’s definitely going to require making certain sacrifices to show that you really want that position. Maybe a couple of your co-workers are going for drinks after work and they invited you to come… Do you go have drinks with your co-workers or do you work a few hours over to get a head start on a new project you’re starting next week?
On this quest, it’s going to require you sacrificing your time, your energy, and even your level of comfort but whether or not you’re willing to do that is completely up to you. When you get called to the office to receive your offer letter, you’ll be able to sit back and appreciate all the sacrifices you made to land you the job.