You may have just started your new job or been working at it for a while. Whichever one applies, these tips should help you secure that promotion:
1) Your first step should be to find out what getting that promotion would entail. You could approach your manager (unless it is their job you want) and find out what you need to do in order to get promoted. Find out specifics such as improve your skills, gain more experience or improve your image. Ask for honest feedback and be prepared for it. If your manager tells you that you are lacking in certain areas, deal with it constructively.
2) Once you have identified what skills you lack, make every effort to acquire them. If this means additional courses, enrol in them. Do not wait for your company to send you on training, show some initiative. By doing this you are showing that you are committed.
3) If a formal course is not an alternative, try to get more on the job experience. Ask your manager if you may acquire more skills during your lunch time or during quiet periods. Ask to assist in projects that will help you improve your skills. One caveat here is that you should never jump in and help unless this help will be welcomed. If you colleague or manager is snowed under, chances are they are not going to be in a position to teach you.
4) Act like a responsible employee. This may sound obvious but you need to prove that you are reliable. If, for example, you are always late it shows that you have poor time management skills and this does not bode well for your promotional prospects. You should also be a conscientious employee. Make sure that you hand in your work on time and, if you truly cannot manage, ask for help. It is better to ask for help early on than to have to be bailed out at the ninth hour when you have made a complete mess of everything.
5) Act like an adult. Nothing ruins your reputation in the workplace faster than emotional out bursts. Deal with problem colleagues in a calm and rational manner. To sum it up, you need to prove to your manager that you can handle more responsibility and that you won’t let them down. After all, if they give you the promotion, it is their reputation that is on the line as well.