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Most people believe that hard work usually breeds success. That’s especially true in the workplace, where things like taking the initiative, being motivated, and working well with others will usually lead to a successful career. But how do we define success? Well, if we're examining a more traditional work environment, success usually comes in the form of a promotion. Sometimes, however, working hard just isn't enough to help you take that next step So what else do you have to do to show your boss you're worthy of moving up the corporate ladder? Below, five tips for how to get a promotion.
Build Strong Relationships
According to Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, "The more people who support you and want to see you succeed, the greater your chance of being recognized for your hard work, she wrote in The Huffington Post. While you don't have to befriend everyone, Dr. Ledbetter does recommend finding allies who "can go to bat for you."
Work Ahead to Get Ahead
In a piece for Inc., author Bill Murphy Jr. says the best way to get a promotion is to work for the job you want. "If you want to move into management, for example, demonstrate that you're already a leader," he writes. "If you truly excel in a position that's in high demand, you'll get the promotion--whether it's with your current employer or another that hires you away."
Look the Part
A surefire way to earn a promotion is by projecting a positive image. In the book Earn What You’re Really Worth, author Brian Tracy writes, "The first rule is that you should always dress for success in your job and in your company. Look at the top people in your industry. Look at the top people in your company. Look at the pictures in newspapers and magazines of the men and women who are being promoted to positions of higher responsibility and pay. Pattern yourself after the leaders, not the followers." So take note and present yourself with pride.
Don't Be Afraid to Socialize
You'd be surprised at how powerful a little charm can be in terms of getting a promotion. And what better place to lay on the charm than your office party. One boss told Learnvest, "Skipping the chance to socialize with your co-workers means you're missing basic office news (think: who is preparing to leave) and alienating yourself from the people who sit next to you 8+ hours of your day."
Get Yourself a Mentor
As the Chicago Tribune's V. Jean Maye explained, mentors can "point out your blind spots, offer suggestions, applaud your successes, and guide your career." Maye also writes that in terms of how to get a promotion, mentors can be "instrumental in spreading positive press by championing your skills, talents, and abilities throughout the organization to the right people."
To learn more about moving up the ladder, grab a copy of Brian Tracy's book Earn What You're Really Worth.