Hungry for that promotion? Want to know how to crack it? Well don’t just take our word it. We talked to bosses around the country asking them what it took for employees to impress and pave the way to that promotion.
Follow these tips and start taking the first steps on the road to success.
1. Don't ask questions you can answer yourself
Yes, it's comforting to ask your boss when you lack confidence or feel you need their approval but you’ve been employed because your boss believes you’re capable of getting on with the job in hand. Take a step back and look at the problem from another perspective, ask a colleague for help, be resourceful and check the internet.
2. Provide solutions, not problems
Spend at least 10 minutes thinking of possible solutions to a problem before going to your boss. It will impress your boss if you go to them with a difficult problem… but then pull the rabbit out of the hat and suggest ways to resolve it.
3. Never apologise
OK, we know, it’s somewhat radical but here's a right way to approach this. To start with an apology could get things off on the wrong foot. Instead impress your boss with what you’ve learned rather than your mishaps: "Perhaps, looking back I would have… ", "If we were to do this again I would recommend…" etc.
4. Keep it professional
There are times under stress when it’s easy to get emotional. E-mails can easily be misinterpreted - the tone, or perhaps what the sender was intending to say. Write your response but stop!
Don’t send it immediately. Leave it for at least 30 minutes, even an hour and then re-read the original mail and your response. It’s a safe bet you’ll have calmed down and can then send a much more constructive and considered response. Remember, your professional diplomacy will score you points with your boss.
5. Go that extra mile
Don’t be a ‘job’s worth’. There are times when we have to act outside our line of duty for the sake of the team. Embrace any new challenges as an opportunity to add to your job skills and improved CV.
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