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We've all reached a point in our careers where we feel ready to take our skills and responsibilities to the next level.

The voice of ambition makes you eager to take on the next step in your career, whether it be a job promotion or transitioning to a different department to develop new skills. Anyone with the determination and commitment to self-improvement can step up to become a great business leader.

Promotions at work are usually based on merits. Employees get promoted because they deserved and earned the opportunity.

how to get promoted at work
how to get promoted at work

To reach this new milestone, you'll need to prove and convince your boss that you've got what it takes to advance in your current role. Having additional projects or more responsibility won't work best alone, you also need to actively show your boss your interest to move up in your company.

By taking these 5 practical steps, you’ll be increasing your chances of taking the next step in your career sooner than you think!

5 ways to tell your boss that you’re ready for a promotion

1. live the values and purpose of your organisation

Ensure that what you do at work always reflects the core purpose of the organisation. A strong business leader is someone who understands and is aligned with the values of their organisation. Not only do they strive to demonstrate these values and ethics in their everyday work interactions, but they also encourage others to uphold these values too.

As Simon Sinek said, "People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it." Leaders inspire others to join them on their journeys as they work towards meeting the business's purpose and achieving consistent results.

You can display this leadership by aligning your work actions with organisation values and being a role model for your colleagues. This demonstrates to your employers that you embrace the values and are committed to delivering successful results that are aligned with the business objectives.

signs of getting promoted at work
signs of getting promoted at work

2. volunteer to lead

Another way to show your boss that you're ready for a promotion is to be involved in the development plan and volunteer to take the lead in a new project or a challenge.

Employees who rise to the occasion, rather than stick to simple work tasks, display promising leadership traits such as having high levels of self-motivation, initiative and accountability. Showing that you have the skills and qualities of an emerging leader will help you get promoted at work quickly.

If you see an area at work where you believe that you can add great value and provide strategic support, don't be afraid to raise your hand and offer your help. Asking your boss for opportunities to showcase your skills and talents will also effectively signal your enthusiasm for the organisation. In the process, you’ll also be able to acquire new skills. This is also the best way to gain leadership experience while fostering better relationships with your colleagues that will prepare you for the next role.

When you ask to participate in an opportunity outside your normal role, explain why you believe you can make a positive contribution and how it will not affect the quality of what is already expected of you. You should also discuss how you think the new opportunity would help prepare you for your next step with the organisation.

3. be team-oriented and results-focused

Working collaboratively and offering your time and support to help the entire team succeed are invaluable traits that a company looks for in a good business leader. A good leader acts as a guidance partner who helps other people realise their true potential.

Employees who are willing to work with the team to overcome challenges together while demonstrating a strong desire and ability to solve problems will be recognised by their bosses. Not only are you a dependable employee in the eyes of your employer, but your boss will be more confident in giving you more responsibilities knowing that they do not have to worry about your capabilities, or your ability to work with others to achieve a common goal.

4. don't underestimate professionalism

Although more and more employees are working from home, we shouldn't underestimate the power of maintaining a high level of professionalism. Being neatly groomed, whether you're behind the camera or in-person, and appropriately dressed for the office, will highlight your respect for the workplace and commitment to cultivate a professional work culture.

You should always be self-aware when you’re at work and not do things that your boss wouldn't, such as indulging in gossip or missing deadlines. If you want to be recognised for your work, you will need to demonstrate a strong work ethic and be respectful of others. When there is mutual respect in the workplace, you will also face less friction when the news of your job promotion is announced as others will see it as a well-deserved one.

5. converse with your boss

There's no perfect or right time to ask for a promotion. When you feel like you are ready and capable of taking a higher position, the best thing to do is just ask for a promotion nicely. Your boss might have missed all the signs and you have to let them know you want it.

As difficult as it may sound, it’s important to have an open and honest conversation with your boss or manager about your ambitions and performance. When you share your career goals with your bosses, it highlights your desire for more at work and your managers will know how to guide you to where you want to be.

Sharing your aspirations and asking your manager to help identify your key strengths and areas of growth show them that you're committed to the job and ready for the next steps in your career. You can ask your boss about how they see your career progressing and together, you and your boss can develop a plan involving increasing levels of responsibilities that will support your long term goals.

still unable to get that promotion?

Obtaining a job promotion is crucial in your career progression plan. However, sometimes your request for a promotion might be rejected due to changing business strategies or simply because you don’t have a good relationship with your boss. Fret not! There are always opportunities abound elsewhere and it’s not uncommon for a candidate to negotiate for a title and salary promotion when switching employers.

Our specialised recruitment consultants are here to coach you on taking your career to the next level. We offer a wide range of HR and recruitment services that can help chart your ideal career path. No matter your industry or skills specialisation, you can learn more about our recruitment services and start by applying for a job today.

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