Do you feel stuck in your current job and ready to move up? Maybe you are having appraisals at work at the moment, which is always a perfect platform to address your career ambitions including the question of promotion.

It can be tough to rise up the corporate ladder; however if you want a job that excites you and pays well, you’ll likely have to make the climb at some point.

Getting promoted might sometimes feel like some sort of elusive mystery but it’s actually very do-able and entirely within your control. Here are 5 Top Tips to make yourself promotable at work:-

1.Be a team player

In an ideal world, promotions would be based solely on merit. But we don’t live in an ideal world – office politics will often play a role in who gets promoted and who doesn’t!

Use and develop your teamwork skills – be helpful to your co-workers, bosses and reports.

Be popular and build strong relationships with the people with whom you work.

2.Keep in learning

If you become the best salesperson of all time, you’re well on your way – to remaining a highly regarded salesperson to the rest of your career!

It’s not enough to be great at your job – you also have to develop marketable skills that prepare you for more responsibility.

Taking on projects is a great way to broaden your skills and network. Many feel uncomfortable volunteering for these because they can be challenging and can force you out of your comfort zone. That’s’ the point though!

Once you gain skills beyond what your current job requires, your employer will soon see that keeping you in that job is a waste of your talents.

3.Be adaptable

Successful businesses are always asking, “How can we do things better?”

To improve, better policies and procedures must be put in place, and employees must be able to adapt to them quickly. Change is relentless and constant.

It’s an incredibly ‘flat’ world – we’re becoming more interconnected than ever – being seen as rigid and inflexible could actually be detrimental to your career.

4.Promote YOURSELF!

Make sure people know you’re doing a great job – you can’t always expect your merits to speak for themselves – but don’t blow your own trumpet too much. Performance appraisals favour self-promoting employees and unfairly underrate modest workers, according to Brian Kropp, HR practice leader at practice insight and technology company CEB.

So remember this and keep in good contact with your boss – make sure they know what you’ve achieved.

Don’t be an attention grabber or ‘brown-noser’ – but do make sure that people know who you are and make sure you get credit where credit’s due.

Make sure the right people know you want a promotion – don’t be afraid to discuss your career goals.

Continue to do a great job in your current position and don’t seem fed up with your current work, but let decision makers know if you really want a particular job.

5.Be self-directed

Today, with many people working from home and other remote locations, it’s absolutely essential that employees can work independently.

Being able to self-manage and self-direct is crucial to getting projects completed on time.

Bosses have enough to do without micromanaging their employees, so those who can manage themselves have definite promotion potential.

Focus on what matters – the priorities – highly promotable people focus on results, not tasks.

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