How is it that it’s always the obnoxious show-off who gets that promotion at work? As it turns out, it’s because getting a promotion depends more on how others perceive you and your work, than what you actually do. While there’s no substitute for doing a good job, if nobody notices then you’re sure to remain stuck on ground level for the foreseeable future. And if you can do it without being obnoxious, well – everyone will be happier.
The trick is to excel not just in your current position, but in your company outlook as a whole. Before you let it be known that you’re the man for the job, you have to do some serious research into what your organization does: their core values, their business plan, what exactly it is the guy or girl above you does – and how he or she got there. Do your own job well, but seek out opportunities to learn and increase your responsibilities. Asking for feedback from your boss is a great way to show you’re looking to develop – it’s boasting without boasting.
And if you’re under the erroneous belief that successful guys never catch a break, you’re wrong. Focussing purely upon your own advancement is a technique that is likely to backfire. Try to show a genuine interest in what your colleagues are working on, the hows and whys of your office culture, and social opportunities that crop up beyond work hours. This way, you will forge strong and meaningful connections that will aid your campaign in the short run, and which will pay off in years to come in ways you never imagined.
The infographic below puts these and more techniques into the context of a serious promotion plan. It makes for essential study before you start making moves towards that next big promotion. You need to know what you’re doing before you let others see that you’re doing it.