Many individuals enjoy the company they work for. They like the company values, the company product, the company mission or a multitude of other aspects. However, after some time in a specific role, many individuals are ready to take that next step. Is it time for you to start thinking about a job promotion at work? If you want to be promoted, consider taking the following next steps.
- Understand what the next job entails. What are the skills that are required? What experiences do you need to gain before moving on to the next step? Find a job description for the next position. Review the requirements. Speak to individuals who are in the position currently. They will be able to share insights into the role that a job description couldn’t possibly describe.
- Make a plan to get the skills you need to move into the next position. Some skills you will learn on the job but you will need to bring a solid base of talent to the table. Determine what the required skills are and make a plan to achieve them. You might do this by taking on new projects at work, getting a certification, working with a career coach, or learning new skills in the classroom, through books or through volunteer endeavors.
- Have a conversation. Does your manager know that you will eventually be looking to move into a particular role? If not, then when a position opens up, you may not have the advocate you need to make sure you are considered. Have regular conversations with your manager about your current performance as well as your future career aspirations.
Job promotions can happen when your hard work meets an open opportunity. You cannot control when the opportunity might arise, but to be promoted make sure you are ready for the challenge when it does.