Q: I’ve been working in our company for more than two years now, but I’ve never been promoted. Not to sound mayabang, but I feel like I’m doing good naman in my company. So, what am I doing wrong?
A: Perhaps, it’s not so much what you’re doing wrong as it is what you’re not doing. For one, have you actually asked for a promotion? According to Forbes.com, “If you don’t act like you need more from your role (or say it), your boss and the leaders around you will think you’re fine and dandy just where you are.”
Too dyahe to talk to your boss? Consider this: You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Besides, we’re not saying that you demand a promotion—just that it wouldn’t hurt to discuss your options with your direct supervisor.
Another thing you need to think about is your contribution to the company. Have you done anything special in recent months?
If you’ve spent the last two years going to work on time,
doing your job, and attending meetings—congratulations,
you’re doing your job. But that’s what you’re paid to do.
If you expect to be rewarded for that, you’re gravely misguided. If you want to be promoted, you need to pull all the stops.
For starters, you can act like her mini-me. “Imitating your boss's work style is one of the best (not to mention one of the simplest) ways to make it seem as if you can read her mind and show her you're both on the same wavelength,” reports Women’s Health.
Go above and beyond the call of duty. Sure, learning how to make annual budget reports may not be in your job description, but knowing the ins and outs of the system can’t hurt either and may even help you do your job better. Of course, this is not to say that you should make a habit of taking on other people’s responsibilities. Know your limits, so you don’t end up underperforming.
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