One of the key factors in getting a promotion is to be a stellar employe who is highly respected at the company. Your skills and experience, your reputation, and your work ethic are all factors that will help you secure a promotion that will get you moving up the career ladder.
Adjust your attitude
Before you can even think about getting a promotion, you need to make sure you have the right attitude. If you want to advance in your career, you will have to ditch the "glass half empty" mentality and be more positive and optimistic
The surest way to move up in a company is to know how to express your self to authority. Speak up when you think you can offer a better way of doing things or a more efficient process. This doesn't mean be rude or disrespectful when doing so. It's important to understand the difference between complaining and being helpful.
Do a good job
How you perform in your current position is going to be important when you are considered for a promotion. Excellent performance reviews and your reputation as an above average employee will carry a lot of weight when the company is making staffing decisions.
Be a team player
Volunteer to help with new projects in the office. Volunteer for committees or task forces. Offer to help your boss and co workers whenever time permits. You will be known as a team player and an individual that colleagues want to work with.
Don't miss work
Be on time for work and don't take more time off than you are allocated. If you are known as a sloucher and someone who misses more work than is appropriate, it will be held against you.
Continue your education
If your company offers opportunities for professional development classes take advantage of as many as you can. If your skills need updating or advancing take continuing education or college classes. This way, your technical skills will be top level.
Attend company parties and gatherings. The more connected and engaged you are with your colleagues, the more they will know about you and the more you will stand out when it comes time to consider you for promotion. Managers are more likely to promote an employee they know well than a random applicant they don't know much about.
Discuss with your boss
Be sure to let your boss know that you are interviewing for a new position. You will want him or her on your team, because your references will be checked. Do offer to help with the transition if you are selected for promotion.