Tara Jaye Frank, the author of Say Yes: A Woman’s Guide to Advancing Her Professional Purpose, once said, “People don’t get promoted for doing their jobs really well. They get promoted by demonstrating their potential to do more.”
Landing a coveted promotion doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, you’ll put weeks, months, or years of effort into proving to your supervisor that you have what it takes to move forward.
By showcasing the right abilities at work, you may speed the process along. Here are a few of our suggested skills to master for a promotion:
No matter what the industry, intrinsic motivation is necessary for moving forward. Intrinsic motivation comes from interior rewards (pride, satisfaction, or happiness) rather than exterior benefits (money, vacation time, or social status). If you can’t motivate yourself, your supervisor won’t expect you to motivate anyone else.
If you work in the hospitality, automobile, or retail industry, you’re likely familiar with the concept of persuasion. Many employees think about persuasion, or sales, all wrong. Making a great sale isn’t about manipulation—it’s about using facts, statistics, and useful information to pair the right product with the right person. Your ability to listen, solve problems, and show a genuine interest in your customers can help you land an impressive promotion.
Many leadership positions involve putting together presentations for staff members that need information on complex or important topics. You may be responsible for putting together meetings, planning agendas, and writing memos. The better your presentation skills, the better suited you’ll be for an opportunity in management.
If you don’t show leadership in the workplace, there’s no point in fighting for a promotion. You need to show your supervisor that you have the ability to lead the way for your coworkers—even if you aren’t looking to move into a management position.
While leadership skills are essential, your ability to learn quickly in the workplace is perhaps more important. In an ever-changing and developing market, your ability to face new competitors, deal with the rise of artificial intelligence, and master new computer skills will set you apart from the crowd.
It’s also important to note that your interest in learning won’t go unnoticed by your supervisor.
Our experts at The Reserves Network understand the need to be paired with the right employer from the beginning. Contact our team to learn more!