Do These 5 Simple Things and Boost Your Career
Boost your career – A brief introduction
If you are someone who feels ready to move forward at work, these simple rules could help you quickly move into the job role that you have been waiting for or increase your pay.
Master your job role
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If you want a pay rise or a promotion, you aren’t going to get anywhere if you’ve not mastered your role.
Focus on becoming more proactive. Listen to what your boss is telling you and aim higher!
Rather than thinking “What can I get away with?”, think “How do I master this role?”
Look to help others
If you have already mastered your role and other members of staff are struggling with their workload, offer to help out and take on some extra responsibilities.
Before you choose who to help, think about:
- In what area could I benefit from experience
- Who needs my help the most
- and what task would most help my boss
Increase your visibility
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Aim to be more visible to your boss/organisation, especially those on the next management layer up from you.
- Attend social events
- Contribute in meetings
- Help organise staff socials
- Connect and be active on social networks (especially LinkedIn)
Improve your skills and go on courses
Many skills can be self-taught, but for some roles you will need to qualify or attend formal training.
If you don’t foresee your employer paying for a course, you could offer to part fund the course or even pay for it yourself (you still may need time off work to attend). Requesting training is a great way to let your boss know you are interested in moving forward.
Create extra roles for yourself
Taking on extra roles can show your boss that you are proactive and that you are willing to take on more responsibility.
If you have the time and your boss is open to it, you could make some suggestions that you feel may improve the business.
You could volunteer to:
- start a company newsletter
- manage the company blog/social media
- give presentations
- run meetings
(If you don’t have experience in the above areas, you may choose to attend training first).
The last word
Being good at your job sometimes isn’t enough. The employer hired you with hopes that you would be good at your role. So if you are, your employer will most likely be happy to keep you there.
Letting your employer know that you are wanting more from your job, tells them they could lose you if they don’t support you. If you have a good reputation in the company already, it’s likely they won’t want that to happen.
If you have tried everything to get ahead and you aren’t getting anywhere, you may just be in the wrong company, though we still recommend that you follow the steps above and at the very least they will help you to secure a better role elsewhere.