4 Simple Secrets on How to Get Promoted Today

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Have you been aiming to get promoted?

Like anything in life, few people will want to stand still in any professional role for too long.

In achieving personal goals, many factors are within your control.

However, that is not the case in your professional life.

So how do you advance your career on to better pay, greater responsibilities and more meaningful work?

Read on to get 4 simple secrets on how to get promoted today.

1. Take the initiative to ask to get promoted

It is pretty simple and straightforward.

If you wish to advance in your career, you just need to ask for it.

How your superior deals with your request are on him. And you will probably contend with others for the promotion.

Don’t be threatened by such office politics.

Instead, be vocal with your supervisor and ask specifically what is needed for you to take that next step.

Also, live up to the part you are after in every aspect including

  • dressing up for it,
  • have the right attitude,
  • take initiative, and
  • build up your knowledge and skills for the promotion.

2. Network and be seen

As Maya Angelou succinctly noted,

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Same as getting a work promotion, you need to depend on other people.

It will only be beneficial for you to make allies.

Undoubtedly, your closest ally should be your direct supervisor but take heed.

Create meaningful relationships with your supervisor’s boss, head of HR and even your peers too.

Particularly so when your colleague has your boss’ ear and can put in a good word for you.

When you’ve everything that it takes to get promoted, sometimes all you need is those warm recommendations to make it happen.

3. Work smart and be ready to work hard

You’re confident to be promoted.

But as they say in the Marvel Universe, with great power comes great responsibility.

So you’d need to be prepared to sacrifice some time with your friends and family or that hobby you’ve enjoyed, maybe.

As you advance in your career, it’s more important than ever to be highly organised with your time to fulfil your new responsibilities while maintaining a healthy social life.

4. Offer substances that fit for getting promoted

Technology evolves rapidly.

Every industry grows and changes rapidly too.

It is only logical that you keep up with the times.

Expand your knowledge and skillsets in areas that are critical to the promoted positions and your organisation.

Not only should you keep current with your industry’s latest trends, but you should also sustain an interest outside your speciality.

This way, you are offering invaluable soft and hard skills, making it difficult for management not to promote you.

5. Bonus: Find out what it takes to get promoted and go beyond

Sometimes we assume we know what it takes to get promoted.

You may be right about it. But, why take the chances?

Go talk to your boss, those people who are already there, and whoever that has any idea what it takes to be up there.

Then instead of just striving to achieve what you found, go beyond that.

You’d also want to discover key differentiators to elevate yourself from others. Be seen with invaluable skills and capabilities.


Getting a good evaluation during your performance review and being promoted is not without its arduous work, dedication and sacrifice.

With these 4 simple tips and a bonus, advancing your career has just become slightly easier.

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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