These 7 simple steps will put you on the fast track for a promotion
You’ve consistently put your nose to the grindstone and cranked out some work that really wowed your boss—especially considering you're in the early years of your career.
You’ll need to make an ace impression when you step through the door, says career coach Roberta Matuson, author of Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around.
Get clear expectations from your boss
The key to being a star performer at any stage in your career: Make the boss happy. Life. Leader.
Express that you’d like to connect quarterly to review your performance, says Cohen, and use your first meeting to broach the subject (e.g. What will it take to get promoted?”)
Document your achievements
Your boss probably isn’t tracking your every accomplishment, so keep a log of your quantifiable accomplishments—that way you have concrete results to cite when you ask for a promotion. “Having an informant in HR who can tell you about job openings gives you an advantage over your peers,” says Donald Asher, career consultant and author of Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't and Why.
Push beyond your job description
Once you’ve proven yourself capable of delivering great work, ask your manager to take on more responsibility.
Prove you’re a leader
While your boss wants to see you’re a team player, you still need to distinguish yourself from your peers.
Executive coach Joel Garfinkle, author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level advises taking ownership of a group project. There may be circumstances outside your control, says Matuson: The company could freeze raises, your boss quits, or—gasp!—one of your peers gets tapped for the job. Say, “What could I have done differently so that would have been me?” Then, use the feedback to improve your performance and position yourself for a promotion in the coming year.
Find that promotion somewhere else
If you’ve been killing it at work, but there’s still no pay raise or title change in sight, you might have to cut your losses.
“Many times, actually more often than not, a promotion is easier to attain at a new job than at your current employer,” says Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi. “I've seen countless candidates make the leap from $85,000 at their current employer to an associate to $120,000 as an associate director with their new one. So keep proving yourself to your boss, but if you feel stuck for too long, it might be time to re-vamp your resume and start looking for a new job..