According to a survey for the Department of Education, 35% of employees are overqualified for their job. Alongside those, there are many more who don’t have the right certificates, but know their job, workplace and industry like the backs of their hands. Does that sound like you? Then you're probably wondering how you can move up the ladder.
Winning that promotion is all about making yourself visible and taking on responsibility. To do that, you need to work diligently and carefully, and be ready to take the right opportunity when it presents itself – whether in your current company or elsewhere.
Before you start the ball rolling, take the time to make sure it’s what you really want. You might get the recognition and pay rise you deserve, but it comes at a cost. A promotion is likely to involve greater expectations, more stress or longer hours. If you're happy with that, and you're ready to take that leap to the next level, read on to find out how to get promoted.
How can I position myself for promotion:
To become a manager or earn a promotion, you need the right profile. So before you knock on your manager’s door or start firing off application forms, make sure you've laid the foundations first.
Career advice for adults often suggests dressing for the job you want, but appearances aren't everything. To come across as a good candidate for promotion, you have to go one step further and actually embody the role you’re looking for. This means not only dressing aspirationally, but performing tasks diligently and working well with your colleagues.
When you apply for a promotion, the line manager will ask for feedback from senior colleagues. That’s why it’s important you get on well with your team, and that they can see your contribution to the company. Not sure how others perceive you? Talk to a trusted colleague or manager. There’s no harm in getting advice on how you can enhance your skills and teamwork – in fact, it’s likely to work in your favour, as it shows ambition.
The first thing to look into is the promotion pathway at your company. Are there schemes in place to advance ambitious workers? Are there well-trodden paths to the top? Don’t be afraid to ask managers how they got where they are. If you’re friendly, humble and open, it will count in your favour.
The second thing is the competition. Think carefully about rivals’ abilities and be prepared to explain to your boss why your strengths are better suited for promotion. Just make sure you don’t put others down when you're talking up your strengths – it’s the mark of a poor team player, and is likely to give a negative impression.