Getting That Job Promotion!

If you have ever been passed over for a promotion that you thought you deserved, it's time to reevaluate your situation to understand why you seem to be stuck on the last rung of the corporate ladder.

The first thing you must ask yourself is, "Did I make it known that I wanted the promotion?" This may seem like common sense, but some people believe that they do not have to be aggressive or even voice their desire that they be placed in the running. Even if you are the ideal candidate for the job, if no one knows you are interested, chances are you will not be considered.

Second, be realistic. Before you get your hopes up on that vice president's job, ask yourself if you are qualified. Working in the mailroom does not merit a leap to a corner office. Know the qualifications of the position and be sure you fit the company's needs. If you are in fact qualified, make it known. Self-confidence and self-assuredness is a must when climbing the corporate ladder. While most of us are taught from a very young age not to brag or show off, our accomplishments do not always speak for themselves.

Getting ahead on the job takes more than merely doing a good job. Drop subtle reminders to your boss of your accomplishments. Detail how the company has benefited from your ideas and suggestions and will only benefit further by giving you greater responsibilities and duties.

Unfortunately, getting a promotion can oftentimes be a competition. You will have to fight for what you want - but fight fair. Loyalty plays an important role in getting a promotion. Contrary to what we see on television and in the movies, back-stabbing tactics will not get you very far in the real corporate world. Being a loyal employee, co-worker or supervisor will only make advancement in the workplace easier. But remember the difference between loyalty and overkill. You do not have to be everyone's best friend. It is more important to be well-respected than well-liked.

When it comes down to the final interview, let your self-confidence and past achievements shine and as the old saying goes, "Never let them see you sweat" - there'll be plenty of time for sweating when you are givien your first assignment in your new position.

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