Get a Promotion At Work By Doing These 5 Things!

Make the most of your current work situation today. Find the sweet spot in your career, that place where your passion meets your talents. Always be excellent at what you do. When I worked at McDonald’s as a teenager, I had the same work ethic then that I have today. I only earned $3.35 an hour but I worked hard for every cent. As a result of my hard work, I won a scholarship from McDonald’s that paid for my first year in college.

My advice is to maximize your job, no matter what it is. Be sure to show up at work on time, volunteer for assignments, become a problem-solver, and remain excellent at everything that you do.

One quick jolt of reality. It’s important to realize that if there is no one at your job or in your field earning six-figures, then your ability to make six-figures is slim to none. You can’t overcome that. As an example, I worked at McDonalds for three years, and even if I had become the Store Manager, I would not have made six-figures. So you have to get yourself in a job, career or field that has unlimited earning potential.

5 Suggestions for Getting Regular Promotions at Work

1. Create the “Unofficial Organizational Chart” at Your Job.

I always tell people that there is the organizational chart, and then there is the “unofficial organizational chart”―and the unofficial one shows how things really get done at work. This is that informal network of movers and shakers who get things done, regardless of their title. These movers and shakers have the right influence and relationships to drive decisions and other people’s success or failure. So sketch out the “unofficial organizational chart,” and once you’ve identified the movers and shakers, begin cultivating genuine relationships with them. How do you do this? Figure out their hot buttons, priority projects, hobbies, and family life, and then begin to communicate with them around these items. Any way that you can help them advance in their professional or personal life is providing genuine value to them.

2. Volunteer to Do Additional Work.

I know this might be hard to swallow, but this is the best way to develop new skills. One way to do this is to begin to pick up the slack of a worker who never gets any work done. You’re not trying to bail them out, but rather to learn their job, and make yourself more valuable to senior management. This is about having a mindset that you’re going to learn all aspects of what makes your company run on a day-to-day basis. So learn a new product line, a new corporate system or application, or how a new technology can help your company. Today the world is so dynamic that you need to adopt an attitude of being open to learning new things, which includes some volunteer work―otherwise you will be passed by.

3. Develop New Skills and Competencies.

Take advantage of any local or company-sponsored training seminars, workshops or other professional development activities. You should clearly be able to identify three development areas that you need to improve upon, such as communication, leadership/management, presentation skills, analytical/research, planning, listening, technical/computer skills, time management, facilitation skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, decision-making, creative thinking, etc. If possible, don’t hesitate to invest some of your own money to enroll in classes or attend a conference. The more you learn about mastering your job, the quicker it will be for you to advance.

4. Write a Five-Year Career Plan.

You need to have a written, tangible plan of action with specific steps and dates for completion. Reflect on your career goals, and write down where you want to be in five years and what things you need to do to get there. Will you need a college degree or certification? How many promotions will you need to get within this time frame? If someone is in the position you wish to attain at your current company, then work on developing the same skills or mastery that they have at their job. That way, if that slot opens up, you will be the likely candidate to fill the position, and if the slot doesn’t open up, you could easily apply for that job at another company, because you already have the skills to do the job. Just be prepared to leave your current company in order to get that job. But, by all means, get the promotion and get that money!

5. Dress For the Position You Want and Not the One You Have.

I remember when I was in my mid-20s, I had a goal to be Vice President before I turned 30. So it was important to look older and “Vice-President like.” If you saw photos when I was in my 20s, I looked alot older there than in most of my photos at 40 years old! A Side Note: I didn’t achieve this specific goal by 30, but I was able to achieve it by 32 years old by becoming Vice President at a Fortune 500 company.

My advice is to always maintain your financial independence. When I speak of financial independence, I don’t necessarily mean being super rich, but rather having the ability to take care of yourself and buy what you want and need!

JJ Smith ( is a nutritionist and certified weight-management specialist who has been featured on The Montel Williams Show, The Jamie Foxx Show and on the NBC, FOX, CBS and CW networks. Her advice has also been featured in the pages of Glamour, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal. Since reclaiming her health, losing weight, and discovering a “second youth” in her forties, bestselling author JJ Smith has become the voice of inspiration to women who want to lose weight, be healthy, and get their sexy back! JJ may be contacted by email at and on Twitter: jjsmithonline and Facebook Page: RealTalkJJ

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