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5 Steps To Proving You Are Promotion Material

By admin
07 April 2015

Getting yourself noticed in the workplace – and increasing your chances of promotion – is not a secret recipe, an expert says.

In fact, ambitious young entrants to the workplace can follow a few specific steps to ensure they fully showcase their potential and improve their chances of climbing the career ladder.

Peter Kriel, Head of the Faculty of Business at The Independent Institute of Education, says organisations are increasingly seeking to develop their own employees who have proven themselves and their fit with the company to take up more responsibility and more senior roles, rather than looking outside the organisation.

“If graduates understand what companies seek from the very beginning of their careers, they will be able to position themselves as high-potential candidates, allowing them to be recognised as such and included in either formal or less formal development plans.”

Kriel says that most companies have predetermined criteria against which they measure high-potential candidates, and employees can actively use this to build their profile to reflect that.

“While there is certainly not an international standard set of criteria, as this is very much dependant on the strategy of a particular business, the aspects listed below are commonly accepted, in one way or another, as high-potential attributes.

“If you actively work towards developing and displaying these attributes from the first day you enter a company, it is almost guaranteed that you will be earmarked for development, and become a key member of your team,” Kriel says.

To be identified as a high-potential employee, a person should:

  • Earn the respect and trust of managers, peers and subordinates alike. “To be trusted and respected is simply linked to ethical behaviour, by delivering what you promise, asking when you don’t know and always respecting those around you,” notes Kriel.

  • Display high levels of competence in the technical and functional aspects of your discipline. “When you receive a qualification and are appointed to a position, it is assumed that you are indeed equipped to perform. It is crucial that you never oversell yourself to prospective employers and secondly, once you are in the job, learn and perform as quickly as possible. Initial impressions tend to last, so not performing right from the beginning will set you back in the medium term.”

  • Be open to feedback and constructive criticism.  “Lose the bad attitude about feedback and criticism,” says Kriel. “Remember, people who give feedback normally have more experience than you, and those who criticise, even wrongly, have a reason for doing so. Being open to feedback and criticism will not only earn you respect, but will put you in a position to become familiar with the specific nuances of the environment more rapidly.”

  • Solve problems and challenges creatively. “Adopt a position of inquiry rather than advocacy when faced with problems and challenges. It is always good to follow a ‘what if’ approach, rather than a ‘do this, I know best’ approach.”

  • Show emotional intelligence through behaviour. “Companies steer clear of promoting unpredictable and immature employees. Maintain a position of humility and keep a cool head at all times. Look at challenges and opportunities from different angles, and always display respect for others.”

The Independent Institute Of Education