Getting Promoted: The Do’s & Don’ts

Many professionals seek to achieve a higher standard in the workplace. They put in long hours, reply promptly to emails, and overall help to create a good product, but sometimes this still isn't enough to get promoted or receive a raise. What follows are some suggestions, dos and don'ts that can help you move up the ladder in your workplace.


-Speak up. Send out relevant interesting articles to staff. Try to become someone that everyone in the office knows, not just your boss.

-Seek advice from others who are higher in the company hierarchy on how to achieve your workplace goals.

-Offer to take on greater responsibilities. Proving you can do the job that you want is vital to getting a promotion.

However, don't go too far with taking on other people's responsibilities. Remember that you need to prove you can do the job you already have before you will be considered for a promotion. You will not get a promotion if you make many mistakes, and prove that you are not up to the responsibilities, as mundane as they may be.

Recognize that despite your efforts it may not be so easy to attain the promotion you desire. It may take an additional year of work or it may require that you take your experience to a different company. Hard work, motivation, and positive thinking will not necessarily get you noticed at your current company. Don't quit to early though, because the time you have spent in your current job may be a factor in a looming promotion.


-Let your boss down. The easiest way to get promoted is for your boss to feel extremely confident in your abilities and in your devotion to your work.

-Exceed the limits of your position. This is not a time to come across as wanting to usurp control from your boss; instead you are trying to impress him or her.

-As trivial as it may seem to some, appearance counts. Do not take casual Friday to far, or too early in the week.

Try not to be deterred by initial failure. For many, working their way up the corporate ladder is one of the most difficult parts of their career and there are sure to be bumps along the way. But, if you work at it, you will become a better employee, a better manager, and will be more likely to succeed in your future career endeavors.

By following the above advice, you will increase your networking potential both within your company and beyond. Attaining the promotion you want is possible; it may simply take patience and drive.