There are different ways to grow your career, and there are exceptions to each rule. Usually it requires a lot of time and hard work to earn a higher position but it is not always the case. Although most companies’ policies do not allow promotions to take place more often than once a year, it also happened that the potential of some talented employees was evaluated by the managers much faster, and these employees were shifted to the appropriate positions where their skills were needed more than in the previous roles.
Sometimes it is also possible to get a promotion if a senior employee is going to leave the company, and there is someone in a junior position who is able to take over the duties.
If an employee constantly exceeds the expectations of their manager, takes initiative in additional projects, is always reliable and even spares their boss from a part of the workload, most likely this manager will be happy to promote such a subordinate. However, this does not mean that the promotion will always be possible. Such factors as insufficient company budget or lack of the suitable position in the company organizational chart may be the obstacles that keep this employee with outstanding performance in the same position for a long time, no matter how disappointing it could feel.
In all the scenarios, a very important factor is to maintain good working relationships with the management. The reality is that even if you are a talented and hardworking individual but unable to get along with your boss, there will be a very low chance of your promotion. Building excellent working relationships is a skill that a real leader should possess. In summary, here is what you can do in order to increase your chances of promotion:
– Stand out by your excellent performance and make sure it will get noticed by the managers.
– Take initiative.
– Avoid mistakes as much as possible – it is hard to fix a bad reputation.
– Be reliable.
– Learn how to do the duties of your senior colleague so that you could be able to fill their position in case they leave.
– Take care of your working relationships.
– If the environment at your workplace is not suitable for career growth despite your exceptional performance, search opportunities in other companies.