A fool-proof plan to a promotion

Published: September 26, 2010
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Getting ahead in your career is about the right attitude

Fresh graduates should remember that getting a promotion is easy but maintaining a new position is not a piece of cake. An oft-quoted line from Spiderman comes to mind whenever I get a promotion: with great power comes great responsibility.

But how do you get that great power?  Follow a few easy tips and get an instant promotions in you organization. I did.

Show your company the love

Any organization you join, you join for a reason. Whatever the reason, the company has given you opportunities in terms of salary and career. In the current economical scenario, when the unemployment rate is 15 per cent, getting a job is difficult. In these conditions if an organization has given you an opportunity, be thankful and show your employer that you appreciate their choosing you from among many other applicants. Show your love for the organization with your attitude and behavior.

Work with passion

It is always your choice to join a company. Companies never force you to join them. They always have alternatives, but when they offer you a job, it’s your choice to accept or reject the offer. After joining the company, you agree to work in the field of your choice. Therefore, you need to be passionate and immerse yourself in work. Learn new things every day related to your field and try to implement them to the current job process. This will make the employer happy that you are more interested in bringing out your own potential and are not just taking home a monthly salary.

Take initiative and go the extra mile

An employee that takes initiative and goes the extra mile can help an organization to grow – and that always pleases employers. But before taking any initiatives, calculate the risk associated with it. Do some research, discuss the issues with your peers in other companies, discuss it with your immediate supervisor (if he is supportive) and then present the idea in-front of your employer.

Taking initiative is always appreciated if the idea is in favor of a company’s growth and profitability. It can build your trust and make the employer feel that you are interested in the growth of the company.  Eventually, growth of a company comes back to you.

Many of you may be thinking that these tasks are not easy. Remember, if you have deep interest in your field of choice, motivation to perform will come automatically. Focus on career development rather than only your salary and perks. If you find a company that can make your career, forget everything and start focusing on your work. Once you become successful in winning the heart of your employer; promotion, handsome salary and all the benefits are waiting for you.

Khurram Zahid

Khurram Zahid

Head of online marketing at a background screening company in Pakistan, Khurram spends most of his time on social networking sites for business - not pleasure

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    I am impressed with the way you have summed up career enhancement steps without confusing readers with typical HR Jargon. Further to add at some point an employee also needs to set a point where he could gauge his standing in the company. Employee should ask himself where he stands. And why he’s there? Is there any key strength that has brought him here or he’s just like another ‘9 to 5’ employee who works on the robotic pattern with the hope of getting 10% appraisal in next fiscal year. What are the opportunities to grow? Self screening will help him think out of the box and the whole thought of constructivism will work as a catalyst for him in career growth as working on creative lines will differentiate him from his colleagues in terms of performance.

    Secondly what I have observed is people who get promoted are those that have a sense of pride in their work, they take pride in their job. They are driven by genuine enthusiasm and desire to do their best no matter how small the job is. By being proud of job employee develops grip in field of work and he comes in a position to negotiate with not only his CEO on job/ perks related issues but to prospective employers as well. Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Man, you are the only HR guy I am not against these days just because of your writing………:) I guess concepts like job enrichment, job satisfaction, job enrichment, employee empowerment,
    Dual career paths…….are at times HR jargons and boring terms for people…but your post simply explained everything…what do you suggest for an HR guy who keeps contact numbers of female candidates and keeps poking them for useless things? “Job to nahi hey, dosti karo gi kind things?”……isnt that unethical and unprofessional? I ll be glad if you write a short blog on HR ethics too…….keep up the good work :-)Recommend

  • Khurram Zahid

    Thanks Tanzeel – I am 100% agreed with your both points – bottom line is how much you are interested in building you future in term of career, every thing will come after you once you become successful in making yourself authority in your chosen field.Recommend

  • Khurram Zahid

    Thanks Sadaf – I am not an HR guy, these are my observations which I have learned during my career. Of course, HR jargons can’t help while you are actually at work, in the end you need to become a valuable employee for the company to whom they can trust.Recommend

  • Harris

    Dude, consider hiring a proofreader. The article is full of grammatical mistakes! Recommend

  • http://www.innsocial.com Khurram Zahid

    @Harris:
    Don’t worry about the grammar as long as it conveys the real message.Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar

    Employer’s always right seems to be the message…interesting….i would suggest a sieg heil to go along with it….Recommend

  • parvez

    Nice article and good advice.
    To be fair you should also have spelt out the easy way ‘up’ – marry the bosses daughter or son as the case may be.Recommend

  • Fayaz Hussain

    @ pervez

    Lolz
    by the way have you tried on that trick and what were the results !Recommend

  • Abdul Wali Khan

    yeah you are the previous work was better than this one, it is also interesting, it is life and variations come, keep working hard. Recommend