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How to Get Promoted at Work: 7 Proven Strategies

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In this blog post, I will be sharing 7 proven strategies that will get you promoted at work.

But before we go into these strategies that will get you promoted, let me share with you a short story.


Sarah sat at her desk staring at her blank computer screen. Worry lines adorned her forehead and she looked like a disgruntled old woman who was tired of living.

She has been a receptionist at Clark Consulting Firm for nine years with no evident career growth and now, she was beginning to hate her job.

Sarah resumes at 9 a.m. and closes by 5 p.m.

Since she commenced her career journey, she has never been promoted at work or enjoyed any incentive from the company.

She thinks her boss hates her and the company is unfair to her. Some of her colleagues have been promoted to higher positions while others have been transferred to other departments to hold key positions.

While others were advancing in their career, it seemed like Sarah remained stagnant and it frustrated her a great deal. Unable to hold back the tears lodged in her eyes, she broke down and wept.


There are many employees out there like Sarah who are unhappy about their career state. They have been at the same job and position for years and it seems like career growth is a far-fetched reality for them.

They are stuck at the same workspace and routine for years because they do not know how to position themselves to be promoted at work.

This does not have to be you!

You can excel at your workplace and enjoy massive career growth if you will apply the tips I will be sharing in this article.

One of the ways to measure your career growth is promotion at work and this cannot come from desires alone but you need to put in the work to make it happen.

‘So, How can I get promoted at work?’ you ask.

Well, here are seven tips that can help you get promoted at work:


1. Study people who have been promoted

What better way to know about promotion than to learn from those who have experienced it first hand? No, I am not asking you to stalk those who have been promoted at work, just observe them. Study their work ethics, personality traits and achievements at work. This might point you in the right direction and save you the stress of putting all your eggs in one basket.


2 Go the extra mile at your job

Do more than is requested of you. Perform your task with due diligence and give more value than you were employed for. And the only way you can add more value to your company in order to earn a promotion is by equipping yourself with more skills that will make you relevant beyond the confines of your job description.

Be a problem solver at work to get noticed. Remember, to get the extra reward, you have to do the extra job.


3. Demonstrate leadership qualities

Do not wait till you are officially placed in a leadership position before you begin to act the leadership role. Take self-ownership of your job and extend it to other areas.

The leadership qualities that you should exhibit include: loyalty to the company’s vision, empathy towards your colleagues, accountability in every task assigned to you, dedication to duty and determination to succeed, selflessness and passion for your job.

These qualities do not only endorse you as the right candidate for promotion but they also contribute to your personal development.


4. Manage feedback well

A negative feedback doesn’t mean you are unfit to work at your workplace. It is only an indicator that you need to step up your game which is a good thing if you are not looking at it from the wrong perspective.
How you manage feedback at work will determine how you will handle awry situations at work. You need to demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence to achieve this.


5. Excellent work ethics

Your work ethics is an important factor that will be considered before you can get promoted at work. Factors like: punctuality to work, meetings and company events, your attitude to work, interaction with colleagues and clients, meeting work deadlines and other commendable qualities that you should emulate all increase your chances for a promotion at work.


6. Be a team player

You cannot scale up a successful career ladder alone; you need the support of a team consisting of like-minded people who are invested in career growth as well. Your ability to work as team member shows that you are not a lone wolf who loves to do things all by themselves. Do not only work as a team member, but also stand out in your team as an asset.


7. Respect the management team

You cannot expect a promotion from the decision making body of your firm when you do not accord respect to them. Respect is a reciprocal virtue that you must demonstrate at all times even when you are placed in a tight spot. Any grievances you might have with the management should be communicated logically without hurling insults at whoever is at fault.

When you show respect to others, you also earn it in return.

To get promoted at work shouldn’t be an uphill task anymore after reading the tips I shared in this article. Don’t forget to keep a positive mindset while at it! You cannot expect a promotion at work when you do not believe that it is possible.


Hence, I’ll end this post with a quote by Pele, a retired professional Brazilian footballer, which says: Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

So, if you desire a promotion at your workplace, apply these strategies and watch the stars align for your sake.

I am rooting for you!


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About Post Author

Ayobami Fasusi

Ayobami Fasusi is an African writer with an unrepentant love for storytelling. Writing is her escape from the numerous thoughts screaming “Pick me! Pick me!” in her head. She currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
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16 thoughts on “How to Get Promoted at Work: 7 Proven Strategies

  1. Cool content.
    This is very practicable in the real world, not the Nigerian Federal Civil service that I left.

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