As an internal candidate, or someone who already works for the company you are applying for the new position, getting promoted can be challenging. Companies know your work habits, can measure your performance, and have seen you on good days and bad. On the other hand, external candidates, or applicants that come from outside sources like job boards, recruiting agencies, or referrals do not have a history of work performance at your company and pose a higher risk for the employer. There’s no magic bullet to getting a promotion. There are some things you can do to increase your chances.
Steps to Follow to Land That New Job Promotion
- Step up. Ask for more responsibility and additional projects. Show initiative to the management team that you are a team player who is ready, willing, able, and capable to get the job done.
- Ask for the job. Let your management team know that your interested in opportunities for advancement. Get honest feedback from others and create an Individual Development Plan or IDP to map your plan for success.
- Have a plan. If an opening arises, have your battle plan ready. Be creative and thorough to get the senior management’s attention.
- Be prepared. . . to be held to a higher standard. It’s the truth and it happens. You have more to prove and often times additional responsibilities to do.
- Attitude is everything! No matter what the outcome or the length of time you are in promotion limbo, remain positive and stay focused to your task at hand.
- Communicate effectively. If you are the interim manager while interviewing for the position, be strategic in your communication. You must appear in control but you also walk a fine line. Send timely emails and other communication to those who need to be in the know. Don’t be afraid to ask others for direction. They’ll appreciate you for taking the time to get a clear understanding of the process, whatever it is.
- Be patient. Hiring takes time. Don’t expect a promotion overnight. Continue to stay positive and focus throughout the process. Even if your time isn’t now, be prepared to learn from the experience and grow as an individual and a professional.
Your time will come. . .