Tips on How to be Promotable.

Tips on How to be Promotable.

Upon entering the workplace, it is advisable to lay down the foundations to making yourself promotable from the start.

To ensure you are an attractive promotion candidate, you need to be mature enough to understand that the learning journey to that “ultimate career” is a long one. One must show an eagerness to learn, perseverance, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to be successful.

There are a few things you can do from day one to achieve this:

* Be realistic – be confident of your strengths but be just as confident that personal and continuous development areas do exist.

* Listen as much as you can. Listen more than you talk. Soak up as much information as you can about the culture and about how the company works.

* Learn from those above you and around you and watch carefully what they do well.

* Take mistakes seriously. There’s nothing more frustrating than someone who thinks a mistake is not a big deal. Responses like “my bad” gives the impression that you don’t take work that seriously. As part of making yourself promotable, you also need to stand hand and shoulders above the rest of the crowd – but in a positive way. In order to distinguish yourself people must notice something different about you, and you must “stick in their minds”. Here are some tips that will help you achieve this:

* Love what you do – when you are passionate about the work you do, people notice. You are also automatically more energetic and creative. If you don’t love your job, you will find it very difficult to compete with others who do.

* Offer a helping hand - this not only shows that you are enthusiastic and that you take initiative, but also it increases your visibility in the company. It also builds your reputation as a team player.

* Develop internal networks – not only with people your own age, but with more  experienced workers too.

* Be a person of your word - deliver what you have agreed to, and on time. This will make you stand out as someone who is reliable and trustworthy.

* Persevere – although you might not get the first promotion you try for, don’t be discouraged. Bearing the above tips in mind will help you map a way and lay a positive foundation for your career future. By Cheryl Jansen Van Vuuren, Head: HR People Engagement and Development at PPS