3 Foolproof Tips to Get Promoted—Fast

Sacha Strebe

So you've been trying to get your boss to notice you—even adopted the key personality traits—but you still didn't get promoted. While there is no set checklist or method to guarantee it, according to Laszlo Block, senior vice president of people operations at Google and author of Work Rules, there are some simple things you can do to boost your chances. Scroll down to read more.

Ask your boss for feedback

If your boss doesn't recognize your hard work, then it's probably because she is just as busy, if not busier, as you are. You can't be that person she wants to promote if you don't know what that looks or acts like. This isn't the time to be shy or modest. Ask your boss for advice on what to do and how to get to the next rung. Once you've done that, circle back. But tread carefully here. There is a fine line between being passionate and "a pest." Laszlo says to make this a "natural part of working together" by adding additional questions about your progress at each meeting. For example, when you finish a meeting, ask, "How did that go? What should I do differently?" Then every six months or so ask, "What skills should I be developing? What evidence do you need to see that I'm growing and having impact?" If you know where you stand, then you know where to step up when the time comes. 

Become a problem solver

Your boss has a lot on her plate. She has several people to answer to while managing the team you're a part of, so make life easier for her. What are you doing to help her solve those problems? While you might have grandiose ideas about changing the future of the company, what your boss needs right now are solutions to the everyday operations and systems processes. If you can help with this, your boss will have more confidence in your abilities and think of you first come promotion time. 

Don't become the hamster

If you're feeling stuck on the same wheel, flip it. Each day when you come into work, think about how you can innovate your role and create "future opportunities for yourself." After all, you are the one in control of your career. "Most of us are going to be working for at least 40 years, and every move doesn’t have to be straight up," says Laszlo. "Take the time to go sideways and invest in yourself." 

To read more tips for promotion success, visit LinkedIn or watch the interview on the Today show.

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