Are you looking forward to advancing your career this month? Getting that promotion may not easy, but it’s possible! Here are seven power moves you should make that could help you climb the career ladder with flying colors.

Dress well.
You’ve heard people say, "first impressions last," and it may hold true especially when you’re in a corporate setting. Aside from meeting the qualifications, if you’re eyeing that executive or managerial position, you should consider dressing for the part, too (that includes wearing the right makeup)
. "Never underestimate the power of your own image. When you dress in a way that lets people know you have a sense of security, and present yourself in a professional manner, it makes a huge difference," reports

Work hard.
Simple as it sounds, doing your best and working hard is still the best thing you can do if you want a chance at that promotion. Submit a proposal on or days before the deadline, arrive at the office early, or be proactive during meetings and brainstorming.

Do the work no one else wants to do.
Someone needs to talk to that "much-dreaded" client? Volunteer to do it. It doesn't just show your boss that you have the initiative to take on harder tasks, but also takes you out of your comfort zone and tests your skills in handling certain people and situations.

Form a good connection with your peers.
Whether that’s a small chat or a lengthy and in-depth conversation, connecting with your colleagues in the office gives you the chance to get various insights and opinions that could help you better in making decisions or thinking of new ideas.

Always step up.
There is always room for improvement. If you want to excel at work, try attending seminars and enrolling in short classes that could help you hone your skills more. Ask for feedback from your co-workers on what they think of your work. Always make an effort to make yourself a better employee.

Take advantage of every opportunity.
Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities–interact with people from other departments or even with people who are not in the same company but have the same job description as yours. You’ll be surprised with what you can learn from them.

Don’t scheme.
Focus on making yourself a better employee rather than spending most of your time scheming. The workplace is not the Hunger Games and you should still play fair instead of stepping on people just to get to the top.


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