Looking for ways to earn a raise or promotion?
Get on your boss’s A-List. If you consistently show your boss that you’re doing a great job, you’ll progress further, faster. Here are a few quick tips to get you noticed, separate yourself from the pack and create a lasting positive impression:
- Communicate clearly. When in doubt, err on the side of clarity and ask questions when things are unclear. Provide your boss with regular updates about your projects and plans. But be careful not to go overboard – ask him directly if you’re providing enough information or too much.
- Honor your commitments. Underpromise and overdeliver. Don’t shy away from new challenges, but make reasonably sure you can hit an objective before taking on the additional responsibility.
- Know what makes your boss tick. Learn your boss’s pet peeves – and avoid them. Find out what his priorities are – and incorporate them into your own (e.g., if your boss is a “numbers guy,” quantify all your results). Anticipate his needs, by providing what you know he’ll want before he asks. Show him you understand the issues he faces and you’re sure to make your mark.
- Provide solutions – not just problems. Everyone makes mistakes. So if something does go wrong, view it as an opportunity to set yourself apart from chronic excuse-makers. Own up to the problem and come to the table with potential solutions. Your boss will appreciate your ability to think for yourself and manage a difficult situation.
- Be positive. When you celebrate a departmental success, send a congratulatory e-mail to those involved and copy your boss. The gesture will draw attention to your success as well as your leadership skills. During more stressful times, strive to maintain a positive attitude. For every two complaints or suggested improvements, point out eight positive things.
- Take a calculated risk. A boss will notice a talented employee who demonstrates his desire for excellence by occasionally sticking his neck out. So when the time is right, volunteer for a difficult assignment or challenge the status quo to improve a work process. Your courage and enthusiasm will increase your visibility and earn the respect of your boss and co-workers alike.
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