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Job Promotion: Feasible Or Impossible?

Jan 30, 2008
Workers who have stayed glued to the same positions and the same salaries for years wonder if that much coveted job promotion will ever come their way. They are punctual, submit reports on time, and get along fine with other workers. So what's the snag? Perhaps they are doing some things the wrong way.

Taboos At the Workplace

There's always a way to get that job promotion or a salary hike. You don't need to lavish your boss with corporate gift baskets, although the thought is inviting. Honestly evaluate your self in terms of your work and how you get it done. If you've been in your job for 8 years and nothing exciting has happened, there must be something wrong with the way you do things at work.

Okay, assess how you accept new assignments and how you react when you're loaded with work. Do you whine and make snide, nasty remarks? Do you suddenly get glazy-eyed when your boss asks you to make an evaluation report? Do you keep asking your supervisor to repeat instructions? Or do you blurt out that you don't know how to do the report? Perhaps you get rattled when something entirely new is dumped onto your lap.

Whatever the tasks given to you, it's better to stay cool and collected. Ask the necessary questions like the deadline for the report and what is needed from you. When an additional assignment is tossed your way, always ask again for specifics. You can always review which ones need immediate attention and which can be shelved for a while. In brief, prioritize.

Absenteeism takes a toll on your chances for a promotion. If the boos asks for you and you're not around, he's likely to ask if you're on an approved leave of absence or out on official travel. If you're not in any of this category, you're absent and if this happens quite a lot, you can expect your boss to be antagonized and mark you as an unreliable.

During meetings, don't be caught snoring or doodling while your mind is somewhere else. Review the agenda of the meeting and take along what might be needed from you. Before you take your seat, make sure you've got your laptop or pen and notebook and the reports that might be needed. Be ready for anything.

Taking an Active Role in Those Meetings

During meetings, take up an open body posture and make eye contact with the people in room. Take a seat where you can be noticed by everyone and if possible, choose a place nearest to the center.

Participate in the discussion, but do not hog the limelight nor say anything that might repel those in the meeting. The most important thing you can do is listen actively. Communicate by bodily movements that you are onto the thread of the discussion and ask follow-up questions. Don't interrupt anybody who is speaking. Listen to what they've got to say. You can always pick up good ideas which you can put to work.

Volunteer for some projects that you are passionate about. That will make people notice you and they'll appreciate this. Meetings are also venues where employers can observe their workers and make direct comparisons. So use these meetings to your advantage.

A job promotion is feasible if you work your way to the top, have the right attitude, and are always ready for anything. This enthusiasm will show and your boss will notice it. So take heart, that job promotion is possible.
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