Girl Boss

How to Get Promoted

You are reading this because you want to get promoted.

Whether you want to get that promotion to impress your family, make more money, or eventually run the company, there is one thing you need to know: problem-solvers get promoted. 

Today I’ll be sharing the principles for promotion that I have seen play out in my own life and they have NEVER failed me! They have gotten me raises, bonuses, and promotions time and again!

Businesses are looking for people who will solve problems. 

The issue is, most people want the promotion but they don’t want to do what it takes to get it. They clock in, do what they’re told to do and clock out 5 minutes early. 

These people will never make more than minimum wage. They are corporate robots.

You won’t get promoted by doing the minimum that is required of you to not get fired!

Maybe this is you. If so, I have good news and tough news for you. The good news: YOU CAN CHANGE! The tough news: YOU WILL HAVE TO CHANGE (if you truly want promoted)!

Remember, going to the next level means more responsibility, more accountability, and more problems to solve. However, the reward is great!

So, if this is you and you’re ready to tap into the potential that you know is inside you, then you’re in the right place. 

Keep reading to find out how you can get the promotion you’ve been wanting!

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Develop Your People Skills

Every job involves people in some way. You employer(s), your co-workers, your costumers are all people; so if you want to succeed you have to learn the art of making people like you by being approachable, friendly, helpful, and considerate. 

When the management position opens up and your boss starts asking around the office about who people think is right for the job, they’re going to think of YOU because you’ve shown yourself to be competent, likable, and caring. You should be the one who asks about your co-workers family in the picture frame on their desk and the beloved dog they have a miniature model of. You’ll be the kind of person your co-workers would want in a position of authority over them.

Resources to help you:

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less – Nicholas Boothman How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

  • Know Your Stuff

Whatever industry you’re in, whatever business you work for, you need to know what it is that the company does, it’s main objective, and what makes it great.

If someone asks you what the company does, you shouldn’t have to think about it. Learn it and study it as if it were your own business. You will impress your boss and co-workers with your knowledge. They’ll be like, “That girl knows her stuff- why isn’t she in charge?!” 

Know the parts the people around you play in the company as well and ask them about what they do. People love when you ask them questions about themselves. And then you’ll always know who to direct someone to because you know who does what.

People who know their business get promoted!

  • Watch your Mouth 

Don’t talk smack about people. Not your manager, your boss, your co-workers- no one! 

Science has shown that when you gossip to others, their brains actually associate you with the negative things you’re saying, rather than the person you’re talking about! So every time you gossip, you are damaging peoples view of you. Not to mention the fact that gossiping is rude, unprofessional, and a huge waste of time!

If other people start gossiping to you, change the subject fast or excuse yourself from the conversation. They will respect you more and maybe even realize that they shouldn’t be participating either.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt 

And finally, to get promoted….

  • Be Extra

No, not extra as defined in the Urban Dictionary ! 😅

I mean the extra that goes the extra mile. That sees a problem and solves it. That goes above the minimum required of them to not get fired.

Be someone who takes ownership.  How would you work if it where your business?

If the waste bin in the restroom at work is full, overflowing on to the floor and you know where the trash bags are, why don’t you change it? 

If the microwave in the break room is disgusting, grab some napkins and windex and wipe it up! 

Don’t be someone with the mindset of  “That’s not in my job description; I don’t clean microwaves.”

You are a member of the team. You have a job title, but your ultimate title is Team-Member!

Have your employers best interest in mind (even if you don’t like them personally). You’re working for them. Show up everyday and be the kind of person you would want working for you and you WILL get promoted! 

Finally, I want to share an amazing, short story of someone who was “extra” and it got him promoted big time (This story is 100% TRUE):

Chris was a cashier at Target. He did his job with excellence and was always looking for extra opportunities to help out and make things better in the store. 

One particular day, after his shift, Chris saw that the floor of the mens restroom was dirty, so he went and got a mop and started mopping. 

Chris’s manager walked in and saw him cleaning the floor.

Stunned, his manager asked, “What are you doing?”

“I saw the floor was dirty, so I’m cleaning it.” Chris told him.

The manager was amazed that Chris, the cashier, had seen the dirty floor, took initiative and solved the problem. After this, Chris got promoted and in only a short time, Chris became one of the top executives of that Target store!

Other employees must have noticed how disgusting the floor was, right?

What set Chris apart was that he did something about it without being asked! And look at the reward that his attitude of ownership and excellence got him!

It’s never too late to start being the kind of person your boss is looking to promote.  It will take discipline and diligence in your daily decision to be a problem-solver and to look for extra ways to be helpful and make things better where you are, but the reward is great and you will be satisfied with the work that you put in each day, knowing that you did your absolute BEST!

Let me know if this helped you and be sure to come back and share your promotion story when you have it!

Love,

Sommer – 💛

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