For many they could work years in an organization and find they are still stuck in a particular position. In the private sector where promotions are not seen as entitlements you would have to do more than the usual worker to get the raise in both position and remuneration you desire on a more regular basis.
If you need faster growth up the career ladder at your organization you need to take matters a little more in your hands and do some innovative things.
1. Make Sure Your Work is Measurable
When your work has indices by which your performance can be measured it will make it easier for assessment. In your weekly summary reports you can put up data that conveys clearly the impact and level of the work you have done.
2. Keep Your Work Visible
Following on from the above advice it could make a difference if you make subtle efforts to ensure that your bosses see your work and feel its impact. You could work your ass off but when the people that matter in your organization do not know it’s as good as you do little or no work.
Create and send weekly or monthly (whichever sounds better) situation reports to your immediate and higher level bosses. The key is to make the reports look purely informational (no hyping and unnecessary over bloating of your achievements). Always send feedback to your bosses on assignments completed.
3. Work as Hard as You Can
If you are new in a place one of the surest ways to cement your value and rise up the ladder is to put in your very best from the onset. Be the first to get in the office and one of the last to leave. Your boss will certainly notice your eagerness and enthusiasm. For the career person that seeks to gain promotions there is no substitute for hard work.
4. Build the Right Connections
While it’s good to cultivate good relations with your co-workers the persons you should devote more time to build strategic relationships with are your superiors. In an ideal world promotions and elevations will be based on merit but then things are always far from ideal at the workplace. Office politics will always play a role on who gets promoted or not.
5. Apply for Internal Vacancies
When higher positions become available in your company you will need to apply and not just wait and hope to be called upon. Follow the internal application process and do the interviews diligently. Don’t be complacent and sell yourself to the people that matter.
6. Acquire New Skills
If you are seeking promotions it pays to improve your current ability and skill set. Gaining skills and knowledge that is far beyond what your current job requires sets you up for consideration when the company or organization needs someone to handle some tougher positions
7. Never be Indispensable
There is something ugly about being indispensable in your current position. When your boss thinks the organization needs you, in a particular position, as humans need air it could actually be a bad thing. You get passed by for promotions because everybody feels they can’t afford to let you off from that position. If you are so good in your current work that you fear being stuck there one thing you can do is to groom a successor.
Find someone who can learn to do your job almost, if not as well, as you can. In all try to make sure you are not stuck to a particular job because the organization deems you indispensable in that position.