The Dos and Don’ts of Getting Promoted

Posted on March 19, 2008 | Filed in Career, MBA

Many professionals seek and achieve a higher standard of work in the office place. They put in long hours, reply promptly to their emails, and at the end of the day help create a good product. They may even bring their officemates bagels or donuts to keep everyone smiling, but somehow it is not enough to be promoted or receive a raise. What follows are some suggestions, dos, and don’ts as to how to better achieve your goal of moving up the ladder in your workplace.


Speak up. Send out relevant interesting articles to staff. Try to become someone that people know, beyond your boss.

Seek out advice as to how to achieve your goal from others who are higher in the company hierarchy.

Offer to take on greater responsibilities. It is vital to prove that you can already do the job that you want. However, as you will see in the Don’t section of this post, don’t go too far with taking on other people’s responsibilities. Remember that you need to prove you can do the job you already have. You will not get a promotion if you make many mistakes, and prove that you are not up to the responsibilities, as mundane as they may be.

Recognize that despite your efforts it may not be so easy to attain the promotion you desire. It may take an additional year of work or it may require that you take your experience to a different company. Hard work, motivation and positive thinking will not necessarily get you noticed at your current company. Don’t quit to early though because the time you have spent in your current job may be a factor in a looming promotion.


Let your boss down. The easiest way to get promoted is for your boss to feel extremely confident in your abilities and in your devotion to your work.

Exceed the limits of your position. This is not a time to come across as wanting to usurp control from your boss, instead you are trying to impress him or her.

As trivial as it may seem to some, appearance counts. Do not take casual Friday to far, or too early in the week.


Try not to be deterred by initial failure, for many working their way up the corporate ladder is one of the most difficult parts of their career and there are sure to be bumps along the way. But if you work at it, if you become a better employee, a better manager, as well as more knowledgeable, you are likely to succeed in the future. Through following some of the advice above, you will increase your networking potential both within your company and beyond. Attaining the promotion you want is possible; it may simply take patience and drive.

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One Response to The Dos and Don’ts of Getting Promoted

  1. GilgaMesh

    Comment posted on April 15, 2008. Bookmark the permalink.

    This type of method might work. Self-awareness and a willingness to please. My own method has always been hard work and interest in the activities of the corporation. It has served to get my boss’ attention and make my colleagues feel I deserved the promotions I got.