Most people who are professionally qualified are smart, but not every one of them gets the career results they desire. If you are a good employee, it is easy to get a lot of appreciation and praise from employers and clients, but you may lack the skills to secure a promotion opportunity when it arises. At a time when job opportunities are highly competitive, increasing your promotion prospects goes beyond dedication and good performance.
First-class Résumé Design
Design your résumé in a way that entices the reader to see you. According to Forbes Magazine, your résumé should give the impression that you are “an interesting person to talk to.” One way to do this is to use a top of the line design and paper. It may not sound like a wise investment, especially if you have no particular job that you want to apply, but handing over an eye-catching résumé to the human resources manager when the company is not hiring makes it even more noticeable. Avoid cliché words, explain gaps, quantify your achievements and be concise and neat. Do not be afraid to use professional visual appeals as a bonus. Follow up your résumé by scheduling a meeting with your boss, recruitment officer or employment agency to discuss it and your prospects.
Invest in a New Wardrobe
The phrase “the clothes make the man” still holds more than 400 years since it was first recorded. Your presentation plays a significant role in the way people perceive you. According to a survey by PR Newswire, more than 70 percent of managers agree that clothing affects a person’s chances of earning a promotion. If you are not confident because of your clothing, it shows in the way you behave and interact with your bosses and colleagues. Your style and image should reflect a powerful, professional, skillful and bold person. Makeup, jewelry and other accessories make you noticeable, but should remain professional. Be sure to embrace a style that works for you rather than imitating other successful people. Awkward dressing can overshadow the effort you put into your job.
Work on Your Attitude
No matter how well you dress up or how up your demeanor is, your level of engagement at work, the ability to be calm, and being smart have more value to your employer. You, therefore, need a mental makeover to stand a chance of earning a promotion. Prepare well for meetings, table outstanding presentations, and take an interest in company matters. You can start by asking your boss what else you can do after completing your targets before the set deadline and asking for a meeting agenda before it is held. Make wise decisions and be pleasant to people. The idea is to be noticeable in a positive manner and to create the impression that you are a valuable asset to the company.
There are a lot of things that make an employee promotion-worthy. While things like competence, education level and time management make it to the top of the priority list, there are many unspoken tips that can push you forward on the promotion line. Consult with a career expert to identify areas you lack in and things that might be stopping your career growth’s flight from taking off.
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