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How can I be promoted in a company?

As a person who wants to move up to higher positions in a company, how can I give my managers the impression that I am capable of being in a higher authoritative position? #career #work #life

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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Tiffanie,

Building a Strong Foundation for Promotion in a Company

To position yourself for a promotion within a company, it is essential to demonstrate your capabilities, commitment, and potential for higher roles. Here are some strategies that can help you give your managers the impression that you are ready for a more authoritative position:

1. Excel in Your Current Role: The first step towards getting promoted is excelling in your current position. Show dedication, professionalism, and a strong work ethic in all your tasks. Consistently meet or exceed expectations and deliver high-quality results.

2. Take Initiative: Proactively seek out opportunities to take on additional responsibilities or projects beyond your current job scope. Show initiative by proposing new ideas, solutions, or improvements that can benefit the team or the company as a whole.

3. Develop Your Skills: Continuously work on developing your skills and knowledge relevant to the role you aspire to. Take advantage of training programs, workshops, seminars, or online courses to enhance your expertise and stay updated with industry trends.

4. Build Strong Relationships: Cultivate positive relationships with your colleagues, supervisors, and other stakeholders within the organization. Effective communication, teamwork, and collaboration are key aspects that can help you stand out as a potential candidate for promotion.

5. Demonstrate Leadership Qualities: Showcase your leadership potential by displaying qualities such as problem-solving abilities, decision-making skills, adaptability, and the ability to motivate and inspire others. Take the lead on projects or initiatives whenever possible.

6. Seek Feedback: Actively seek feedback from your managers on your performance and areas for improvement. Use constructive criticism as an opportunity for growth and development.

7. Display Professionalism: Maintain a professional demeanor at all times, both in terms of behavior and appearance. Show respect towards others, adhere to company policies, and demonstrate integrity in all your interactions.

8. Communicate Your Career Goals: Have open and honest conversations with your managers about your career aspirations and interest in taking on more challenging roles within the organization. Seek guidance on what steps you can take to progress in your career.

By following these strategies consistently and demonstrating your readiness for higher positions through actions and results, you can increase your chances of being considered for a promotion within the company.

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Harvard Business Review
The Balance Careers

These sources were consulted to gather insights on effective strategies for career advancement and promotion within organizations.

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Tiffanie,

That attitude might get you a double Olympic gold but will it get you promoted at work? Probably not. Too many people think that doing a good job is all they need to get a promotion or an exciting new assignment, but it's unlikely to be enough. Here are some tips to make sure your grafting isn't wasted.

Know your goal

The biggest misconception about promotions is that they naturally occur with time. It's not enough to think you deserve one; you must understand and clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements. Also, do you want a promotion within your current job or are you looking for a position elsewhere? Be clear on what you want from the offset so you can take the right action to help you get there.

Get your boss on your side

If you are aiming for an internal promotion you need to get your boss on your side. Schedule a one to one review meeting and let him/her know that you want to find out how you can be more effective at work.

Seek honest feedback from your manager on how you match up to higher levels within your company. You may need to learn to take a more strategic rather than tactical view of your organisation. Too many people only see their organisation through the view of their own department or profession. Look broader into IT, marketing and do some competitor analysis.

Help your boss

Set up a meeting with your boss to find out more about their objectives, so you can focus on helping him or her be successful. Volunteer to stay late if an urgent task needs completing - it demonstrates commitment to the job.


You can help your boss by anticipating what they will need. While Fran's boss was on holiday a new project request came in, with a deadline just two days after her boss's return. She collected relevant research and made suggestions for how to work on this. Her boss was very impressed and Fran was taken along to the meeting and was involved in developing future project proposals.

Keep your boss informed

Our bosses are often unaware of the mini successes we have in our jobs each week, so make sure you document them and send your boss a summary each month. If you have people who work for you, give your boss an update on their successes as well. Make sure you are on LinkedIn and start to get recommendations from your boss and the people you work with.

Demonstrate commitment to your own professional development

What courses could you take to increase your knowledge/experience? It doesn't have to be a masters level qualification, a short course may be useful. Make sure people within your organisation know when you have qualified. I was featured in my company newspaper after gaining an Open University degree part time alongside my full time job.

Identify trends and look out for new opportunities

In a competitive world your organisation will be seeking new projects, so if you notice a gap in the market make sure to let people know. You can produce an internal white paper based on research you have undertaken. Make sure your name gets known by including your name on the cover and some brief bio data at the end.

Look the part

If everyone else dresses casually you will stand out through being a bit smarter. Sound advice is to dress as if you are doing the job the level above, it helps others to visualise you in a different role. This also can help to increase our confidence, it makes us feel better and thus act better.

Get known

Offer to write for the company magazine. Doing so will mean you'll be seen by many people within the company. Get chatting to people from other parts of the organisation and find out about their work and challenges. You never know when this will prove useful, and there is often a need for cross functional project teams, the more you are known the more likely your name will be suggested.

By Denise Taylor. She is a double award winning career coach and Chartered Psychologist with Amazing People, established in 1998. She is also the author of 7 books including How To Get A Job In A Recession, Now You've Been Shortlisted and Fat to Fantastic



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SHIRLEY’s Answer

At your present place, be top notch. Get into early work and leave later. Ask your boss, if you can help with anything else. Be always optimistic. Talk to managers, and ask how you can move up in the business. Tell them what your aspirations are. Always say hello at work to everyone, and make as many connections as possible.
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Hope’s Answer

Hi, Tiffanie. Daniela gave some great tips. Also, coaching your peers to great success is also great visual confirmation for your leader. More detail about your current position and the leadership position you hope to have in the future can also help us provide specific details on how to help. Good luck!