With the economy getting back to its best, the job market has never looked better. However, it’s still as hard as it ever was to get high up the corporate ladder. One of the things you can do to for better career advancement opportunities is to join a new company. But here’s the problem – it’s hard enough for those who’ve been at the company for several years to get promoted and much harder when you are new.
We said it was hard, not impossible! Here are some of the things you can do to get promoted even when you are new to the company.
Take Your Time, Form the Right Alliances
When you join a new company, how quickly you get promoted depends on your ability to form an alliance with the most established players in the organization. Don’t form an alliance with the first group of coworkers you get to talk to on the first day – get to know everyone in the organization first.
Find out who pulls the strings, who are the most important people in the company. Build strong relationships with those who are higher up the organization hierarchy, who are in a position to promote you. Of course, you will have to prove to them that you are just as good as they are and that you belong to their hierarchy – it won’t be easy though.
But remember to be polite and friendly with everyone in the company, even those who are nowhere near the top of the hierarchy, as you don’t want to turn anyone against you even as you climb the corporate ladder.
Work on the Best Projects
Be very choosy about the projects you pick. Don’t just join every project that comes your way. Learn to say no; otherwise you will come across as too eager to please and hence desperate. However, have your excuses ready when you say “no” a project, as you don’t want to give the impression that you are not a team player. Find out which are the best projects in the organization and do everything possible to join them. You should only join projects that have the greatest impact on the organization’s profitability and hence a good performance will be noticed by the higher management.
Make Your Boss Like You
Making your boss happy is the best chance you will have at getting promoted. A glowing recommendation from your boss will carry a lot of weight with the screening committee when they consider you later for a bigger role within the organization. There is no easy way to make your boss like you. There are many who try to get his attention, so you won’t be the only one.
So, what you should do is to make your boss look good. You should work hard on the project that you are working for and ensure success for your boss. Let your boss get all the credit for a project’s success – that will only help you later. If your boss goes on to win accolades from the higher management, he will surely remember your contribution later and put in a good word for you.
Be Absolutely Indispensable to the Organization
The best way to get promoted in an organization is to put yourself in a position where the company cannot afford to lose you at any cost. This is easier said than done, of course. You can try winning over the best clients to the company and becoming their go-to person. Or you can learn an advanced new skill which nobody else in the organization has – such as an ability to analyze Big Data. This will make you completely indispensable to the organization and the management would move heaven and earth to hold on to you – even if it means promoting you!
Use the strategies given here to achieve rapid success in your new company. When the right opportunities come through, be the first to take advantage of them.