Primarily the reason for working so hard is definitely to get to the peak of your career and more. So at a certain level you feel more efficient than the role you currently fill in.
You have this sense of readiness to move on to the next phase, take the next step your career needs or probably even boosting your personal brand and showing off your skills to be noticed for all the right reasons can be the key to securing and getting promoted.
This is quite the best time to make yourself heard and become a refined source of industry news, keep investing in your education like the popular saying that learning never ends, dress for the job and start acting capable for the role. What do you have to do to actually get picked for the promotion you totally deserve? There would be a few points on what to do to secure the promotion.
1. Speaking Up
Your efficiency and intellect is always brought to the open during a boardroom meeting, that’s a ready platform to sell yourself and show capability for the next step of your career.
Going to the boardroom, go with the right energy, go with your A game. Going to the boardroom with a passive energy or a quiet mood would definitely tag you unimportant to the meeting. Try as much as possible to prepare in advance for the meeting coming up and ensure to play an active part in the meeting.
It could certainly be a hard task for someone with an introverted personality. Regardless of your personality it is best to come out of your shells or your comfort zone especially in a boardroom meeting, contribute ideas that can actually gain ground and make its way up to the execution stage.
In the boardroom if you don’t understand a thing, it is not wrong to ask for clarification and explanation and this is not a sign of weakness. It would definitely send the right signal that you take your job seriously.
When you speak up you show signs of confidence, don’t be left out when your colleagues are brainstorming and dropping of ideas, don’t lag behind and hide under the introvert personality. Be a solution provider, think outside the box for ideas that nobody can think of.
2. Stay Informed
Search for more knowledge, knowledge is key to success in all ramifications. Be on the look for knowledge about the industry and your skills. Educate yourself at every chance you get.
Don’t be satisfied with less, aim for more. Fortunately this is where the advantage of the internet comes into play, you can look up sources online about industry and career development news, and be sure to practice what you have learnt.
When you develop yourself in this way, a brainstorming meeting would definitely portray you as the smart person that you really are. Do not be selfish with information or knowledge, if you look up an information that you actually find useful be kind enough to send your team mates a link to look up the content themselves.
This attitude will definitely portray you as a team player and definitely all establishments love a team player and not a loner. So directly or indirectly you are showing your manager how capable you are by being a team player, and if the manager picks up interest then you are more likely to be recommended when an opportunity comes up at work.
3. Seek Professional Development
You would not go far if you don’t develop yourself professionally or your career path. Developing yourself professionally is like an utmost necessity for promotion. Check up for seminars or courses relevant to your role or the proposed role promotion you are aiming for.
Professional development in these days of the internet has been quite easy to attend online seminars and online conferences that can develop your knowledge. The pandemic in 2020 definitely opened our eyes to the many benefits the internet could provide for man.
Don’t just take up courses or seminars, ensure you let your manager be aware of them. Most times it is even best if your manager suggests or recommends ways you can develop yourself professionally.
4. Dress For Success
There is a quote about dressing that you can be anything you want to be if you dress for it.
So try as much as possible to dress like your aim and not the current job you currently have. There is just a very slim line between dressing too casually or too professionally.
Be sure to read and understand the environment you work in. take note of how your manager or the boss himself dresses and use it as a lead to how you can dress better. The popular saying about how you dress is how you would be addressed.