You don’t need to work yourself to death or kiss a$$ if you want to get promoted at work! These career tips will help you promote yourself, earn more money, and perhaps even retire early.
Before the tips, a quip:
“In the face of rising unemployment, the best thing employees can do is be prepared, financially and professionally,” says Ethan Ewing, president of Bills.com.
Whether the economy is solid or shaky, you need to protect your career and be prepared for anything: a job promotion or a layoff. These tips for getting a promotion will help increase your job security.
If you’re super-motivated to get promoted, Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t, and Why: 10 Things You’d Better Do If You Want to Get Ahead.
7 Tips for Getting Promoted at Work
This is a guest article, from a financial planner and president of Bills.com.
These tips are good, I think Why Doing a Good Job Won’t Get You Ahead at Work offers better tips for getting promoted at work.
Be appreciative at work
“Be grateful that you’re employed,” Ewing says. Don’t complain, gossip, or be negative at work. Adopt an “attitude of gratitude” will improve how others (including your supervisors) see you. The more you’re seen as someone who helps create a better work environment, the more secure your job will be.
Come in early, stay late, volunteer for extra projects, and get the rest, nutrition, and exercise you need to stay productive at work. “No need to ‘brown-nose,’ but every day, ask yourself, ‘How can I be the best employee in this place today?’” Ewing suggests. “Watch for needs and meet them before you are asked to do so.”
Be aware of changes at work
Without parking yourself by the water cooler, pay attention to the rumor mill. If clients are fading into the woodwork, plant closings are rumored, the top managers are sending out signs or the word “bankruptcy” is uttered, your company could be in trouble.
Polish your resume
Does your resume reflect your current experience? Add recent achievements and professional involvements. If you see gaping holes, take a professional class, join a group, or otherwise fill in the gaps. Be prepared to explain why you deserve a job promotion at work — and possibly a salary or wage increase.
If you want to do more than just polish your resume, read Should I Quit My Job? Before Resigning From Work, Consider…
Volunteer for extra responsibilities
Join a committee in your company, attend events hosted by the local chamber of commerce, become active in a professional organization, or donate time to the community. In every situation, be professional. If opportunities arise to mention your skills, don’t be shy! You never know who will be in a position to help you (or for you to return the favor) one day.
Conserve cash and pay off your debt
If your income is at risk in any way, pay your mortgage, student loans, car payment and other bills. Build an emergency fund to prepare for a rainy day. To get a work promotion and increase your job security, pay off as much debt as possible.
Instead of shopping for fun, buying new clothes, or redecorating your home, learn to stay in, spend time with friends and family, and spend less money while you work your way up. Living simply helps you get a job promotion by reducing your stress level, which improves your job performance. The less stress you’re facing at home, the better an employee you’ll be at work.
If you want to resign but can’t, read How to Quit Your Job When You’re Scared.
And if you have any thoughts on getting a job promotion, please comment below…
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