I’m so excited to share with you a great news – I’VE BEEN PROMOTED!!! Last Monday, my office coordinator and our site coordinator called me to their office and asked me if I will be interested in taking a coordinator position at Otolaryngology office. I was ecstatic!!! My first thought was, my hard work and determination finally paid off. Proudly, I accepted the position. As many of you know, and for those who don’t I work for a big medical group with over 80 physicians. I worked for the company for almost 4 years. I admit, that I left to work for another company for 2 months, but quickly realized that it wasn’t for me, so I went back. The truth is, I enjoy the place and people I work with. I love interacting with patients that come to the office. My goal was to become an office coordinator one day and it’s finally happening. The truth is, the promotion didn’t come easy. I had to work very hard for it and like I said before, the hard work paid off. I can proudly say now that I’m officially an office coordinator!
Are you ready to move up? If you want to get a promotion, you’ll need to be patient team player while also being an ambitious self-promoter. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but I found that these 10 tips can help you to get promoted. It worked for me and I know it will work for you too! So, let’s get started.
1. Develop New Knowledge And Expertise
One of the best ways to succeed in getting a promotion is to expand your knowledge and skills sets in areas that are critical to the organization. It’s not enough to be great at your job; you also have to develop skills that prepare you for more responsibility. When you gain skills and qualifications far beyond what your current job requires, your employer may see keeping you in that job as a waste of your talents.
2. Ask For More Responsibilities
Volunteering to help out other departments or teams — or simply asking for more responsibilities — increases your value within the company. Asking for more work shows your interest and desire to help your department and company to succeed — as well as putting a spotlight on your value to the organization.
3. Present Yourself Professionally
Earn a reputation for being dependable, professional, and cooperative. Dress professionally and neatly — even on business casual days. Ask questions when you aren’t sure how to do something. Dare to be different — make yourself stand out from the pack. Keep a positive outlook on things, even when in tough situations. Don’t whine or complain – or blame others — when things don’t go your way. Make a name for yourself in your industry through conferences, articles, speeches. Don’t be a clock-watcher. Be a problem-solver. Don’t go to your boss with problems. If a difficult situation arises, be sure to come up with at least one solution before seeking your boss’s blessing for dealing with the situation. Problem-solvers get promoted. Complainers who expect the boss to solve all their problems don’t.
4. Be A Team Player
Because so much of work is now accomplished through teams — departmental or cross-functional — it becomes even more important to share successes with your team and to avoid pointing your finger when there are failures. And by being a team player, you only build your reputation and increase your value to the organization.
5. Be Drama-Free
In an office environment, we have to work closely with different personalities and in less-than-ideal situations. Unless there’s a real problem (you feel unsafe or can’t complete your work), keep complaints to yourself. Your job is to make your boss’s life easier, not plop your drama on his or her lap. Save that for your friends and family or your diary. If you gossip a lot, it’s a problem.
Smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. Working in the medical field I find it very important to smile. You don’t need to blind every passerby with your pearly whites, but remember that no matter how close your deadline or how heavy your workload, other people will take their cues from you. If you’re snapping at co-workers and frowning, they’ll snap and frown right back. Instead, take a breath, put on a smile, and show your boss you appreciate the opportunity.
7. Take Notes
Taking notes is an incredible way to show respect to people. It shows you’re listening and that you think what they are saying is important. Your notes serve as your guide to doing your job better, too; you can easily refer to the important information you need to succeed whenever you need it, without delay. Taking notes actually makes you smarter. When you have a collection of thorough, thoughtful notes all in one place (that you actually revisit from time to time), you start to see connections between things you otherwise wouldn’t have seen and have information that other people don’t retain. This is how you’ll get great ideas, form new connections, and become the kind of innovator and leader who makes things really happen on your team.
8. Demonstrate A Strong Work Ethic
Know what others need from you, and deliver on time and accurately. If you are not sure, ask your boss and the people who count on you at work. The “powers that be” need to know that you are a dependable, “go-to person” and an expert in your area; master your position. Stay current in your area by reading articles, and noticing what competitors are doing.
9. Find A Mentor
Mentor relationships can be formal or informal. Mentors are people with whom you can talk openly and honestly about work-related issues. A mentor should be more experienced than you, and good mentors can point out your blind spots, offer suggestions, applaud your successes, and guide your career. Think about whom, besides your boss, might be open to spending time with you to help you grow. A mentor can also be instrumental in spreading positive press by championing your skills, talents and abilities throughout the organization to the right people.
10. Ask Your Boss About Growth Opportunities
If you don’t talk to your boss about growth opportunities and your career trajectory at the company, your boss might not even realize you’d like to get a promotion. You should make it clear to your supervisor that you’re looking to take on a bigger role so that you won’t get passed over for a promotion simply because no one knew you were interested. Even if you don’t think you’re ready to outright ask for a promotion, talking to your supervisor about your goals and ambitions is still a good idea. If you’re lacking in certain areas, your boss can tell you what you need to work on in order to be considered for a promotion or a pay raise. Not only will it give you an idea of changes that you need to make in your work and your behavior, it will show your boss that you’re actively trying to improve, which will definitely get you noticed in a good way.
Obviously, there are zillions of tips out there on how to get promoted. These are some of those I implemented myself. They worked for me and I know they can work for you too. Putting these into practice would greatly increase your chances of a promotion.
Have you been promoted recently or in the past? What tips do you have to help others to get a promotion? Share in the comments section below!