Accelerate promotion: 8 steps to the next career step

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Anyone who is aiming for a promotion should not simply wait and hope that the work done will be rewarded, but that they will become active themselves. With these 8 steps you accelerate the process.

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Clear corporate structures for a clean ascent

As a rule, employees who want to grow up in the workplace prepare for a possible promotion and therefore work hard at work. If the following tips are also considered, the desire for a promotion comes within reach.

But also from the company's point of view there are certain formalities and options that help to make promotions as complication-free and transparent as possible. As a matter of principle, the circumstances on the part of the company should always be taken into account and adjusted by the company if necessary in order to enable a smooth rise for all involved.

Personnel development is important

Above all, employers who offer continuous feedback options are characterized by the occupation of higher positions by the right employee. In this train dives in Company increasingly the keyword “personnel development” is inevitable.

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Ideally, when it comes to promotions, this aspect should be addressed by the leaders themselves and refer to offers regarding training and education.

Target agreements: companies and employees benefit

In this case, both sides benefit because the employee is better prepared for the new job and this can start with a good gut feeling. Executives, on the other hand, can be confident that the most important skills for the position in question have been learned or refreshed.

But clear structures also help both HR management and employees to assess their current position and career path. In some cases, special milestones or number-based targets that have been agreed in advance and on which a promotion is established may be appropriate.

With plan to goal: keyword self-marketing

However, this depends both on the type of company and on the position - in the case of sales activities, this may be easier and more appropriate than, for example, administration.

In any case, however, it is important not only to set requirements for a job when needed, but to clearly communicate to the employee the circumstances under which a promotion is made.

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Carriage: weigh the pros and cons

First of all, everyone should be aware of where they are in their professional lives and what their future should look like over the next three years. Only with concrete goals and visions can you make the effort for the ascent and then radiate it outwards.

However, you also have to keep in mind that a promotion usually means a higher salary but in most cases involves more responsibility and work. In addition, there is almost inevitably a postponement of duties as more leadership is required and overlapping competencies require a different motivation.

8 steps to promotion: How to determine Active about your future career

If you are aware of the consequences and changes that career advancement brings, and promotion continues to be your goal, you can boost your career with the following points and actively determine your future career.

1. Show commitment and interest

If a promotion should come about, above all achievements, successes and constant interest in the daily business tasks count. This means that in addition to the framework tasks that make up the individual position, other projects can also be taken over.

The active support of colleagues in the team also makes it clear that action is being taken in the interest of the company and the processes involved and that it is showing initiative beyond its own work. Specifically, it is especially helpful to independently propose new projects, ideas and concepts and to accept changes or improvements after consultation. In addition, it is always advisable to attend continuing education courses or external training courses that deepen specialist knowledge and also strengthen personal skills.

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2. Convince with initiative and courage

Not only commitment and fulfillment of duties are important criteria for promotion, but also a certain risk-taking and creative approach. This does not mean that overly zealous decisions should be made that have not been properly thought through.

Rather, you should venture your own way of thinking and try new things, away from deadlocked structures. This opens up new possibilities and perspectives, but also offers potential for success. In any case, it is important to focus on one task with discipline and focus - then the work done will count for at least as much as milestones achieved.

3. Highlight personal qualities

In many higher positions, certain character traits are expected to be a prerequisite for assuming responsibility. In particular, features such as resistance to stress and assertiveness are often indicators of staffing. But also authenticity and integrity as well as a transparent and open way count as important personality traits, when it comes to higher positions.

A balanced level of personality and seriousness characterize career people, because they can communicate with each other on an equal footing with employees, while at the same time being able to behave in a dutiful and professional manner. But also characteristics that stand for the individual personality should be emphasized in order to stand out from other colleagues. Likewise, the interpersonal level should not be underestimated: employees who ensure a good working atmosphere can motivate their colleagues particularly well and promote successful cooperation.

4. Early practice - advance to adapt to action

If a promotion is desired, it should also be built up in advance, which is required later: This means that already has to be considered, what the desired job entails and what tasks belong to it. Then the desired behavior can already be tested and even appropriated and qualifications, such as reflected decision-making, critical ability and open communication, can already be used in everyday life.

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In principle, it is always advantageous to think, act and act in such a way as to allow a transition that is as complication-free as possible, even before the perception of a higher position. If you work consistently, responsibly and reliably over a certain period of time, the boss can also perceive and assess the suitability for a higher position.

5. Build your own network

The successful career planning also includes versatile contacts in the company - this does not necessarily mean that they are necessary for a promotion, but the own appearance in the company becomes more present and in discussion with colleagues from different business areas the topic of internal vacancies often comes up on.

That's why small talk sessions at the coffee machine are also useful to learn more about working outside of your own department and to have an overview of key business processes. It's even better to connect with others on career platforms like Xing or LinkedIn. With a well-groomed profile The contacts be kept up-to-date, if advanced training or additional qualifications were acquired.

6. Check Location: Which options are possible?

Building on the previous point, it is important to actively seek vacancies and keep one's eyes open. In doing so, it is especially helpful to pay attention to open positions, even across departments, which would be appropriate with a bit of training and self-initiative.

Even positions in other areas of the company can be interesting: the prerequisite is a comparison of the existing and required qualifications - if you are interested, you can then work towards a specific job. As before, 60 percent of all newcomers are internal employees of the company, as their strengths and weaknesses are already well-known. Only if there is no know-how in the company or if new impulses are needed, external applicants are preferred. It is important in any case that all options are considered.

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7. Attention as the key to success

In addition to the recruitment and appropriate qualification, the performance and the successes already achieved in the company are of course important for a promotion. However, it is particularly important to draw attention to these targeted.

All of the above are important indicators and selection criteria when it comes to filling a (higher) position, but they only produce the desired result, though they are emphasized and perceived by others. Waiting and hoping that the work will be rewarded will in most cases not lead to the desired result. Therefore, for example, regular feedback talks are useful in which they talk about their work and also discuss their own wishes and goals.

8. Clear and open communication

Especially in the feedback discussion, but also in everyday life, it is important to clearly convey what your own goals look like and what has already been done specifically for them. Especially when it comes to a promotion, perhaps also with responsible leadership tasks, expressiveness must be demonstrated and clearly communicated what your own vision looks like.

In order to do so, however, you must always observe in advance where your own strengths, weaknesses and preferences lie. Honest self-reflection is indispensable for this and an absolute prerequisite if the subject of promotion is to be addressed and run successfully.

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  1. Holger Prieske

    There is quasi: The boss, whose post one wants to have, one should convince him that he promoted one.
    Since one can only hope that the boss is promoted ...
    If you help to get the boss promoted, then you certainly have better chances.

    • Simone Janson

      Thanks for your comment. That's probably how it is!

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