Getting a promotion less than 12 months after you’ve been hired sounds like an impossible feat.
However, with the economy in decent shape and unemployment relatively low, conditions are right for many employees to receive an internal promotion fairly quickly.
That being said, it’s going to take more than a pulse and a bit of hard work to move up the corporate ladder inside of a year. Below are a few things to consider if you’re feeling ambitious.
Pick the right setting
Not every industry has the right conditions for a rapid promotion. In the print news industry, for instance, most organizations are thinking about downsizing, not opening up new departments where a relative newbie can take a lead role.
Furthermore, there are some companies that are currently stagnant, or even shrinking. On the other hand, there are some companies currently going through a period of rapid growth.
If you are looking to get a promotion inside of a year on the job, pick a growing company in a vibrant industry or region.
Make an impact and get noticed
If you want to get noticed at a new job, you have to make waves, and that often means making a major improvement, or developing a big solution to a long-standing problem.
If you do happen to come up with a major win, don’t keep it to yourself. With your boss’s approval, show others how to implement the big idea you’ve come up with. This way, you can get noticed without having to self-promote, which can come off as bragging.
Jump on tasks that will get you noticed
If you’re ambitious about getting a promotion, you might have a tendency to pick up as many responsibilities as possible. However, that strategy can backfire if you bite off more than you can chew or you gain a reputation as a desperate sucker who’ll pick up any pain-in-the-neck chore.
Instead, try to pick tasks and responsibilities that will have maximum impact or will get you noticed. For instance, volunteering to be on the safety committee may not be the most glamorous position, but it does offer you a chance to implement suggestions and network with people across the company.
Associate with the star performers
The star performers at any company have done something right to get where they are, so it’s a good idea to stick close to them and glean the secrets to success in this company.
In addition to learning something from top performers, you’ll be building connections with these women and men and those connections can easily fuel a promotion.
Pick the right time to push for a promotion
Since a promotion within a year is a tough thing to pull off, it’s important to get the timing right. Don’t start talking about that management job you’ve got your eye on right after a bad sales quarter or loss of a major client. Instead, start pitching your promotion after you hear about a big new project or plans for expansion.
At NSC Technologies, we help ambitious professionals take the next big step on their career path. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you achieve your ambitious career goals.