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Making Yourself Matter at Work and Get a Promotion

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There may be people who are happy enough to stay where they are at work until the day they retire (or are let go), but perhaps that’s not you. You want something more, something better than being told to deliver messages or hand out lunch packs. Something inside is telling you that you deserve better and can do better. Here are some tips on how to make that promotion possible:

Work at a Company Where Potential Matters

No matter how hard you try, if your company only offers dead-end jobs, you’re not likely to get any more than a pat on the back for a job well done. Is this the kind of company you’re working at now? Time to reevaluate your situation and brush up the old resume.

Invest in Learning

Even if you have to retake high school classes online to make way for the possibility of a college education, investing in learning is always worth it. In many cases, the only thing that can get between you and a promotion is a diploma or a degree; sad but true. It’s not just about diplomas and degrees, though; learn as much as you can from tutorials, mentoring, seminars, training sessions, and even everyday working experience.

Earn Your Boss’s Trust

Sucking up to a boss may get you somewhere for a little bit, but that doesn’t make you relevant or an important part of the team. If your boss wises up or gets fired, where will you be? Probably the next one to get the boot. Earn your boss’s trust by learning more about the job and doing more than anyone else. Your boss is bound to notice. When they see they can trust you to do even their job, that leaves room for them to focus on new or other important matters at work. This is good for them and for you, and it’s good for your company.

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Avoid Office Gossip or Politics

You can learn something from gossip, and it can teach you to watch your back. Do not actively participate in it, though, and focus on what needs to be done. Concentrate on work issues, not your office mate’s issues. The more focused you are at work, and the more you ignore gossiping and politics, the less they’ll bother you.

Don’t Settle for Good Enough

At work, settling for good enough is a sure way to never get promoted. Always look for ways to help the company. If you have a job that’s become too easy for you, ask for more responsibilities, more workload. This will surely get you noticed.

There are people who are happy enough to be stranded in their career. If that’s not you, do something about it.

  • Posted on May 19, 2017