Many believe that the day you start with your new job you should begin planning for your next job. And you know what? You should. It doesn't matter what position you're currently in, there's always a better job out there. Your eyes should be on that one instead. However, you should make sure that you don't lose focus on your current job. It's important to succeed and excel in your current position before you look for the next one. Promotions aren't given, they are earned. They’re usually given because employees have progressed along specific career paths during careers. But things have changed ever since. The impact of technology, globalisation and flatter organisation structures has changed that paradigm. Today, getting a promotion is basically in the hands of employees. They have to create and manage their own career paths. And this can be done through one or multiple organisations. Note that a promotion isn't always an upward path. You'll sometimes have to make a lateral move to position yourself for a later upward move. This is especially true in today's business environment. Having a positive attitude might get you a gold medal but will it get you promoted at work? Probably not. Just because you're doing a good job doesn't mean you'll get a promotion or an exciting new task. You have to do a lot more than that. Here are a few tips to help you get promoted to a higher position. Gain new skills and knowledge This goes without saying. One of the best and obvious ways to get a promotion is to expand your general knowledge and skills in areas that are critical to the company. As technology and other environmental forces change daily, you need an ever-increasing skill set not only to perform the job at hand but to stay marketable. If you're, for instance, a human resources professional, then doing an extra HR management course is key. That way you'll familiarise yourself to the latest principles and industry knowledge. It's also suggested to not only keep current with industry news and events but to also pay attention to trends and events outside your speciality. Put your professional foot forward It's important that you earn a reputation for being dependable, professional and cooperative. That means you should basically act and look the part too. It's important to dress professionally and neatly. This is even important on business casual days. If you don't know something, simply ask questions. You should dare to be different and make yourself stand out from the rest. Work usually get tough at times but it's important to keep a positive outlook on things. And one thing you should never do is to whine or complain when things doesn't go your way. Try to make a name for yourself in your industry through attending or even hosting conferences, speeches and written pieces. And don't go to your boss with problems, instead, be a problem-solver. If it's a difficult situation, you should come up with at least one solution before approaching your boss. Problem-solvers usually get recognised and promoted. Practice self promotion Many are taught that modesty is a virtue. But just as with job-hunting, if no one knows how great you are, you won't get ahead. You simply have to sell yourself first in order to get in, right? For that reason you should aim to be a known quantity. If you had big accomplishments, you should make sure people are aware of it. You should especially make sure the people who's doing the promoting knows about it. You should basically make them aware that you're after a promotion. A great thing to do is to send out monthly emails to your boss and perhaps coworkers to keep them updated on your progress on various projects. You can also use that platform to share any accomplishments and accolades that happened in the previous month. That way you'll get notice for all the right reasons. What's your goal? It doesn't matter if you're after a promotion but don't have a realistic goal in place. How will you achieve your promotion without a plan? So, it's important to create clear and realistic goals for yourself. A misconception about promotions is that they naturally occur with time. It simply won't be enough to just think that you deserve one. It's important to understand and clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements. If you're lazy and hardly meet any deadlines, how do you expect to be promoted? Then, do you want a promotion in your current position or are you looking for a different job? You should be clear about what you would like to achieve. That way you can take the right action to help you get there. Promotions only come your way if you work hard for it. So, the opportunity is basically in your hands. Make use of these four tips to help you get a promotion. And ask for more responsibilities, if needed. That's another way to be noticed.

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