Ask a Career Coach: I Want a Promotion, But I Don’t Know How to Get Noticed at My Large Company

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1. Does Your Manager Know You Want Growth Opportunities?

People aren’t mind readers, and you can’t expect your manager to know that you’re eager to advance your career as soon as humanly possible. Not everyone wants to be in a leadership role or climb the ladder, or even stay at one company for a long period, so it’s essential that you communicate your desire to move up and grow to your boss.

If the Answer Is “No”

Set up a meeting with your manager, explain that you feel prepared for greater responsibility and more challenges, and ask what you need to do to get promoted.

And be open to feedback. If your boss doesn’t have the exact reaction you’re hoping for, that’s OK. The important thing is that you’ve expressed your commitment and ambition—you may have a good deal more work to do before a promotion is on the table.

2. How Many People Do You Know Within Your Company?

You can’t get promoted if no one knows you. Typically, your boss only has so much control over how and when you advance to the next level. If you haven’t gotten comfortable with the humblebrag, now’s the time.

Just because your team’s aware of your hard work, it doesn’t mean the people at the top are. Even if your manager’s fully on board to promote you, if none of the higher-ups who need to approve it know who you are, you probably won’t get very far.

If Your Answer Is “Very Few”

You need to strategically build your network—yes, in house!—and get to know as many people at your company as you can. It’s not enough to be close with your department. So, reach out to various members of the organization to grab a coffee. Developing relationships with people on different teams (or with your boss’s boss) is key to getting your name out there.

3. Are You Providing Extra Value to Your Company or Are You Just Doing Your Current Job?

Have you brought in new clients or additional revenue? How about helped the company grow? Being prepared to present your accomplishments when seeking a promotion is required. And if you’re concerned that you don’t yet have anything impressive to show off, dig deeper: You don’t have to wait for your company’s permission to learn a new skill or tackle a problem that’s not a part of your day-to-day work.

If Your Answer Is “I Don’t Think So”

Review your company’s revenue goals and determine how your job plays into its increases—never underestimate the bottom line. Then, determine actions you can take to increase that number. Can you draw up a fresh client pitch? Discover a new way to grow brand awareness? No matter what your job is, there’s almost always something you can do to make a difference in the big picture goals.
If you give it time and still find that there’s no upward movement—or, worse, that someone else snagged a promotion you were eyeing, you may want to explore opportunities elsewhere. But if you like your company, you should definitely try the suggestions above before just calling it quits.

Source: The Muse

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