Have you been stuck in the same job for years? Do you go above and beyond your standard duties but still feel like you’re getting nowhere? Growing our careers is something we all want, but not something that’s always easy to achieve. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to get your boss’s attention and – keep your fingers crossed – finally move up in the workplace.
Not Just Another Sheep
To succeed in the workplace, make yourself stand out. Prove that you have initiative and dedication by volunteering for additional projects, helping coworkers with temporary assignments and working beyond your standard responsibilities. Not only will this help you shine, but the extra work will give you added experience, help you show off your skills and expand your network within the company.
If you don’t make your career aspirations known, your manager is likely to overlook you. These days, employers want to see their employees do more than just the minimum; they want passion. That means enjoying what you do while showing an eagerness for more.
Show Off Your Work Ethic
You’ve been working hard for years and now isn’t the time to slack. Make the extra effort each day to deliver what’s needed accurately and on time. Become the go-to person who gets things done. Stay up to date on current events and happenings in your industry. Be the expert.
Seek Out a Mentor
Think about your coworkers for a moment. Who always conducts themselves professionally? Who can help you determine your strengths and weaknesses? Who do you look up to? Seek out this person and ask them if they’d be willing to help you grow professionally. As an added bonus, they might even spread word of your enthusiasm, efforts and strengths throughout your company.
A Steady Pace Wins the Race
Don’t feel discouraged if your boss doesn’t immediately offer you a promotion. What’s important is to stay the course and to keep your head up. In the meantime, remember that you’re building important skills, gaining confidence and expanding your professional network. Stay positive, work hard and good luck!