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What Does it Take to Get Promoted?

Jul 17, 2020


Getting a promotion at work is a very satisfying accomplishment. A promotion usually brings additional pay and benefits, added responsibility, increased visibility within the company or organization, and a sense of reaching an important personal goal. What are some of the ways that a person can make themselves more promotable?

1. How Committed are You?

One of the first things that management looks at when considering promoting someone into a leadership position is their commitment to the company or organization. Do they view their present position as a career or as a stepping stone to a better position elsewhere? Do they get to work early? Are they willing to stay late to complete a project? If the person is not committed to the company or organization in their present position, it is unlikely that they will change if they get promoted to a position of leadership. The person who gets to work a few minutes early and stays late, often attracts the attention of management. The person that is always willing to pitch in to assist with a project, even if it is not their responsibility, likewise catches management’s eye.

2. How is Your Attitude?

Like it or not, a person’s attitude will often play a significant role in whether or not they get promoted. The person that is always negative, talking bad about fellow employees or the company, or is always complaining is not likely to be someone that management is going to entrust with more responsibility. On the other hand, the person that has a positive outlook, speaks highly of others, and has the ability to encourage their peers will attract the attention of a supervisor or manager. This person will often be seen as someone desirable to have managing other people.

3. What are You Doing to Make Yourself More Promotable? 

Another important factor that someone should consider in making themselves more promotable would be seeking out additional training. The employee that has taken the initiative to take extra classes in their particular field, or in the areas of management, leadership, or human resources is positioning themselves for success when a better position becomes available. Even if they have to pay for this additional training, it will likely turn out to be an investment that pays long-term dividends. The employee who invests the time, money, and effort to go back to school or to attend a work-related seminar is preparing themselves for their future. When a better position becomes available in the company, they have already gotten some extra training to prepare themselves for that next step.

4. How is Your Relationship with Your Boss?

Do you attempt to make your boss look good? If you make your boss’ life miserable, it is unlikely that they are going to support or assist you as you work towards getting a better position in the company. If, however, you are constantly making your supervisor shine, they are probably going to go out of their way to help you in any way that they can. Ask your boss what areas that you can improve in. Take their advice to heart and make the changes that they recommend. Also, ask your supervisor for additional responsibility. This shows that you are willing to go above and beyond what is normally expected of you.

Obviously, there are no guarantees in life or in the corporate world where promotions are involved. There are, however, many ways in which a person can make themselves more promotable. The person that takes the time to implement some of these things into their life is setting themselves up for success. In life, the person that is most prepared is usually the one that comes out on top.

Are there any other tips that you would give someone who is seeking a promotion in their career?

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