So you’ve landed a job at a great company. You may be at entry level, or have been lucky enough to secure something a little higher up. You turn up on time, work hard, and meet all your deadlines. Your boss loves you and you get on with all your colleagues. But after a year or two, you’re still in the same position, performing the same tasks, for the same pay, and you start to wonder to yourself – why haven’t I been promoted?
Sometimes, not getting a promotion may so simple as there being no position for you to fill. If, however, you feel that you are being overlooked for promotion, there may be a variety of factors at play. And these factors can be just as much attributed to you as they can to your employer.
All positions require suitable employees to possess certain skill sets. Take management, for example. Not only should a manager be fully competent in the area they are overseeing, they should also be able to motivate, to lead, to inspire and to discipline. What this means is that, if you desire to move into a management position, being great at what you do and getting on with your colleagues is simply not enough. You will also need to be able to demonstrate your capacity for leading your colleagues, in cohesion, and for the benefit of your company.
Specialising in Your Field
No matter what position you’re trying for, specialising is always a great strategy for incentivising promotion. Being a great all-rounder is fine, but business is competitive and people who can demonstrate their utility by excelling in one particular area will always be more useful to their employers.
Having outside interests can support specialisation and show your employer that you’re passionate about what you do. For example, running a blog is a great way to establish yourself as a knowledge leader amongst your peers, and to build links with other people in your industry.
Training and Team Building
Of course, the best and most reliable way to secure a promotion is to undergo training. Many workplaces offer training programmes, which are either conducted in-house or via an external training provider.
Training can take many forms, from weekends spent paintballing to attending seminars with executive coaching consultants. And no matter what you may think, all training is useful, no matter if it is related to your speciality or desired job role, or not. At the very least, it will show your boss that you are willing to learn and progress.
Take Responsibility for Your Own Career
At the end of the day, your boss may choose who gets the promotion, but only you can make yourself eligible for the position. Training, specialising and developing extra skills outside of your field are all great ways to make yourself more valuable to your employer. And if you’re still finding that a promotion isn’t forthcoming, book a meeting with your boss and talk to them directly. After all, if they don’t know you want it, you may find that you never get it.