Getting a promotion at work is an achievement that indicates that you have been doing an excellent job at completing your tasks.
It's actually rare that people get to the top, some studies have your odds at rising to the top of your organization through promotions at 4%.
Don't despair because you can gain promotions that lead to salary increases using this guide.
1) Take responsibility for your job - Show that you are holding yourself accountable for successfully completing your task and reducing risk within the organization.
Managers like to see that you identify what went right but they also really will admire you for pointing out what went wrong.
There are several risks to an organization''s sustainability, helping to reduce those risks are a great way to get noticed by upper management.
Focus on gaps and finding solutions that greatly improve the way the company does business.
Quite a few companies have taken on process improvements as a strategy to reduce risk, costs and increase efficiencies.
Get yourself right in the middle of this strategy by taking it a step at a time.
Start with your daily functions: work to improve your processes and branch out to the group and then the organization as a while.
2) Do not complain without having a resolution in mind - I tell people all the time that it doesn't benefit you to go into your manager's office to file a complaint.
I'm not saying this to mean that you should never complain, I'm simply saying if you want to complain do so and also present your ideas for a resolution to the issue.
This shows that you are thinking beyond your tasks by helping him manage the group.
When you just complain, you add to his misery and most times, he has no power to resolve it.
3) Align yourself with the Organizational Goals - Prove your loyalty to the company by understanding what the goals are and focus on helping the company achieve them.
It could be as simple as volunteering for a project in one of the company's initiatives.
Take a training course that is in line with the company's direction.
4) Go beyond your expectations - When your performance goals are identified for the year, make sure to complete them and add to them.
During the year make time to concentrate on process improvements, volunteering for projects and helping out coworkers with workload or training.
The idea is to always be viewed positively by your manager.
You don't want to be called in the office for mistakes and complaints to often.
Remember by making your manager look good, you are getting yourself in position for a reward.
5) Promote your brand - Almost the same as promoting yourself except you are promoting the idea of you.
You want people to think of you in positive terms like "problem solver", "quick learner", "detail oriented", "great resource" for example.
Remember that your brand follows you and you don't want to be tagged as anything less than favorable like "slacker" and "complainer".
Once you're tagged, its extremely difficult to shed the label and some bad labels end in voluntary work separation or otherwise.