5 Tips to Get Promoted
Most people will do just what is required. Go the extra mile even in small ways.
It’s really easy to differentiate yourself in the workplace. In fact it’s much easier than you think. You see most people will just do their jobs. Some will do the minimum. Others may do their jobs extremely well, which of course is what they are paid to do but they will stay within the boundaries of their roles. You may be familiar with the experience in the workplace of asking a colleague for assistance and receiving the response ‘That’s not my job…”
It doesn’t take much more effort to go the extra mile and build a professional brand that is just a step above those who simply do their jobs. Whether you are applying for roles internally in your organisation, or externally – competition is tough. Doing that bit extra to differentiate yourself will help you be successful when there are opportunities to undertake projects internally – that you wish to be considered for, or when you apply for other opportunities – either internally or externally.
Here are a few suggestions to stand out (for good reasons) in the workplace:
Tip #1 Arrive at work before your official start time - consistently
It is such a simple thing but you are paid to do a specific number of hours. It varies from workplace to workplace but whatever your start time is – the easiest way to make an impression is to arrive earlier than your start time and be at your desk and working 5 minutes before your start time.
In order to do that you arrive early enough to unpack, get your morning coffee, go to the bathroom – say hello to your colleagues, and switch on your computer. You are not getting paid to do all of those things. Your start time is not when you walk into the building. It is when you start working for the day. The same goes for your finish time. If you’re not punching a timecard just know that your arrival and departure habits are noticed by someone, often someone who is part of the management team.
Tip #2 Put your hand up to do things outside of your position description
As good practice you should learn to prioritise and manage your workload so that you are efficient, organised and productive. Doing so puts you in the best position to be able to say yes to other requests when your own priorities are met. When you do put your hand up…make sure you-
Tip #3 Do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it
You have to deliver. All other things being equal, knowing that some projects require others to complete their part of the picture but delivering what you promised, when you promised – to a high quality –sends a very strong message to your manager and colleagues;
- that you can meet deadlines
- that you can deliver high quality work
- that you can be trusted
Trust is really key in the workplace. You know this from your own experience. When you need assistance with something and you look around the office, you scan the room for someone who you can trust will come through. Be one of those people and managers senior to you will notice.
Even better, if you are in a position to do so, deliver the work before the rather than on the deadline. Meeting your deadlines is powerful way to build your professional brand in a manner that you stand above the majority of the crowd.
Tip #4 Make sure there is finesse and class to your work
Whether you have to give a presentation or a submit a report or organise an event or a run a meeting – do it with class. Be organised. Be prepared in advance. Check your work for errors. Don’t do PowerPoint overload – keep it simple. Make sure the formatting is consistent in your report. If you’re planning an event or meeting get there early and make sure the technology works. Check that the information you are presenting is accurate. Pay attention to the small things and you make a big impact.
Tip #5 Remember that people talk, and your reputation gets around
Whether you’re extraordinary or whether you are middle of the road or mediocre – rest assured – your colleagues will talk. Now some of it won’t be accurate because they may not know the complexities of your role or your responsibilities. That’s why with your big ticket items when you or your work are on show – like producing a report, or giving a presentation, or leading a meeting – you need to be on point because those public moments will be judged and you will leave an impression on people – some who matter – and they will talk. Give them something to really talk about. Your reputation depends upon it.
DotPointz for going the extra mile in the workplace
- Arrive at work before your official start time - consistently
- Put your hand up to do things outside of your position description
- Do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it
- Make sure there is finesse and class to your work
- Remember that people talk, and your reputation gets around
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