The New Year Promotion Plan

Earn your next promotion in the New Year with these five simple steps.Dollar_Search

There’s a crispness in the air and we’ve all got that back-to-business, “wow, I’d forgotten about this sweater!” vibe that keeps our energy and career motivation high.

Unfortunately, as the days get shorter and holiday madness sets in, it’s all too easy for this bright-eyed and bushy-tailed attitude to fade away. But there’s one sure-fire way to keep yourself on-track and focused in your career over the holidays: Begin to plan today for a promotion in the New Year. Below are five items to check off your list to keep you on the New-Year promotion tract:

Dress the Part

You may have heard that you should “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” and this idea is particularly important once you’ve set your promotion deadline. While I have no doubt you are dressing appropriately for your current role, the position you want might require you to make some adjustments.

For example, perhaps your office has a policy of dressing down on Fridays, and this is something you and your contemporaries look forward to. That said, you’ve noticed senior management doesn’t take advantage of this. If this sounds like your office, I’d recommend you take a page from management and abandon casual Friday, too. The visual assurance that you have picked up on, and are willing to adhere to, this unspoken policy will go a long way toward management feeling confident that you’re ready to become part of their team.

Speak Up

A vitally important way to impress your superiors is by exhibiting ease in multiple situations. One of the quickest ways to have this ease recognized is by speaking up at every opportunity, from your weekly staff get together to meetings with key business officials.

For instance, perhaps you find yourself on the elevator with your CEO a few mornings a week. This is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in speaking up. Rather than simply standing face-forward and observing the control panel, I recommend taking this chance to greet him or her. I’m not asking you to be effusive—a simple “good morning,” coupled with a smile, is often enough to start getting noticed.

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