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How to Boost Your Business Skills for a Promotion

Growth is one of the few constant things in life, in order to achieve a sense of fulfilment, we need to grow and this that fact is especially true in the corporate sector.

For the vast majority of us, we plan on growing within the organization that we are currently plying our trade in and to do that we need to be promoted up the ranks through our organizations’ corporate ladder.

It takes more than being in the same position or organization for a long time to warrant a promotion, today, we’ll let you in on a few secrets on how you can earn that promotion.

Make your boss’ job easier

A great way to get a promotion is to make your boss “obsolete”. You are not trying to put your boss out of a job; you are just allowing them to trust your work and decision making.

By making life easier for your boss, you are bound to set yourself apart from the pack and sooner or later you will begin grabbing the attention of those that really matter upstairs. Being proactive and improving the way you carry out your tasks is a very effective means of being promoted.

Improve your knowledge

It goes without saying that sometimes, we do not just have the skills necessary to survive and thrive in more demanding roles. This can be the reason we get snubbed for promotions. You can improve your knowledge base by taking short courses on skills that employers and management value. 

The truth is that the world around us is evolving at a rapid rate, and failure to evolve with the world around you will make you irrelevant sooner or later. There are courses available on everything from career development to information technology all the way down to project management.

Avoid drama

There are few things more off-putting than an employee that has a bone to pick with everything and everyone. Understandably, you do not have to like everyone you work with or every single detail about your job, but that should not come in the way of you executing your job.

When your boss or employer notices that you are always in the midst of “drama” and you lack the emotional intelligence needed to function in a highly competitive environment, you can rest assured that you are going to be ignored for promotions in the future.

Learn about what others do

Dynamism is one of the most sought-after skills that employers look out for when employing or promoting individuals. Always try to learn a little bit about as many things as possible. The fact that you work in HR should not stop you from making friends in IT or Finance.

If you're looking at the marketing sector, up-skill by learning new traffic generating tactics that will impress an employee. Find out how to increase social share and build an audience on Instagram or Facebook. Develop new skills in search marketing and content marketing.

Discover who is succeeding in those sectors you want to move into - or up in - and begin to learn by observation, what it is that is bringing them success.

When you make friends in other departments, you can get insight from them and pick up a few tips on what they do and how to excel in doing it. While there might not be any opportunities for growth in your current department, there may be in other departments.

Do not assume that the job is yours

Admittedly if you do all that is expected of you, you instantly give yourself an edge over the competition when new opportunities for promotions open up. The worst thing that you can do to yourself is to assume that the next promotion opening is yours before getting the job.

Update your CV, make connections, get references or recommendation letters from reputable people, all these and more will put you in the best position possible to get promoted.

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