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‘New year, new me’, right? What about throwing ‘new job’ into the mix too? With news that half of the UK’s workforce are currently looking for new positions, many might want to start looking at internal opportunities and think about how climbing the ladder in their own office could offer untold benefits.
However, alongside the adage that there is more than one way to skin a cat, there is likely more than one way to get that promotion.
As Lynn Taylor, a workplace expert and Author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behaviour and Thrive in Your Job says: “If you’re strategic about your pursuit, you can change the frustrating dynamic of feeling undervalued.”
So, to shake off the workplace slump and kickstart a strategic approach we’ve collated 5 novel ways to improve your chances of getting a new job this year.
1. Get fit
Research has shown that working out has a definitive boost for your job, with 60% of those that workout and also use the gym saying that their time management skills, mental performance and ability to meet deadlines all improved on the days they exercised.
These ‘secondary’ workplace benefits of working out could be the ones that get you noticed and ensure that you’re a shoo-in for the top jobs when they come around.
2. Don’t neglect your long-term goals
Speaking to Forbes, Taylor suggests asking yourself: “Does this support what I ultimately want to do in 5 or 10 years?” If it doesn’t then maybe this is why you’re not getting promoted. If it isn’t what you want, then consider formulating a plan for what you do want. It’s this that will ultimately spark your steps up the ladder towards the ultimate goal.
3. Continue your education
Show your passion, not only for the job at hand, but for your career at large and your skillset. If your company offers opportunities for professional development classes, take advantage of as many as you can. Not only will these make you more competent, they’ll showcase that you’ve got the drive and grit to succeed.
4. Discuss your current situation with your boss
If you want to maintain positive relationships within your company, discuss your role with your current boss. It’s key to ensuring that, later one down the line, if you’re thinking of another step up, you’ve got options across the business. This will also help with character references, if you’re boss loses you.
5. Not going for the promotion
It may seem illogical but by focusing on your current role and responsibilities – and not getting distracted by attempts at climbing the career ladder translate into one employee is doing their job and doing it well. If you centre on the tasks around you, you’ll become an invaluable employee who can be relied upon again and again. Then, further opportunities will come calling…
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