Excerpts....by Shannon Suetos
Starting your career will have its ups and downs. On top of all that you want to be able to work your way up as you go. This can be easier said than done.
Show Me the Money
Business owners are concerned about their investments, and their employees are a major investment. Showing them you are worth extra money is something that will take time and effort on your part.
When you feel it may be time for advancement, prepare yourself before going into a meeting with your supervisor.
Write down why you feel you should get a raise or a promotion — have you made more money for the company? Can you prove it was your efforts in doing so? Have you taken on responsibilities that go beyond the call of duty?
Show your supervisor your accomplishments, and prove you are a dedicated part of the team worthy of that promotion.
You need to make yourself known.
Speaking up and starting conversations in the office break room can be beneficial. Having great ideas in meetings will also keep your name at the top of your boss's mind.
Come up with viable ideas. You don't want to be overly aggressive and be the only one talking, but actively participating in the conversation is a great start.
Make Your Own Position
If you think there is something more you can bring to the table, and then tell your boss about it. Being able to think outside the box and being creative enough to evolve your current position into a new one could be beneficial.
It shows you have initiative.
Network, Network, Network
You could be stuck in a situation where your company doesn't have room for advancement or a budget for it.
If this is the case, networking can do wonders. You always need to be making names for yourself, as well as for the company you are working for. There isn't anything wrong with promoting your skills to other people in your industry.
If you can hone your skills at one job, and they don't have the room, money or insight to pay you what you are worth, then looking elsewhere could be a viable option. And you can start your search with those great contacts you made at a networking event.
As long as you think ahead, and are always finding ways to improve yourself at work you should be keeping the door open for advancement. You need to show you are committed to the company, and are able to produce results.
But at the same time, you need to not come off looking like a show off.
Treat everyday like it will be a day you could get a promotion and you will be on the right track.