There are few people in the working world who don’t want a promotion. But, not many people understand what must be done to make them the first person their manager thinks of when a new opportunity arises. Here are 4 tips that can help differentiate you in the workplace to get promoted faster.

  1. Be proactive and take initiative

Taking initiative can be a scary thing. Start simple – be proactive by thinking of ways that you can make your manager’s job easier. When the next project is assigned to you, ask yourself what you could do to make it easier for your manager to give feedback. Are some formats clearer than others? Do you have different ideas about how the project could be carried out? Which layouts flow most logically? Thinking ahead like this may save your manager time later on and make the project more successful.

  1. Take on other assignments to help your peers.

This may seem like odd advice. You are at work to do your job, and everyone else has been hired to do theirs. Why is it your job to help them? Well, it’s not. That’s exactly why you should do it. Taking on this extra work will be the key to demonstrating that you are capable of more. The more you help other people, the more your peers will come to rely on you. This will pave the way towards you becoming the ‘go-to’ personality in your division, and your managers will certainly take note.

  1. Never say “That’s not my job.”

I have heard this many times before. To say the least, this sentence is job suicide. Not only is this a terrible attitude to have in the first place, it can also be incredibly detrimental to your career. You may be thinking that it would never cross your mind to say this to a manger, and that’s a good start, but don’t say it to anyone. Not your friends in your workplace, the person in the cubicle next to you, or whoever you are meeting for lunch. No matter how outrageous the request from your manager, this phrase should never be vocalized. Not only could it prevent you from achieving a promotion, it will also hurt your reputation. You never know when what you say could come back and bite you.

  1. Find a Source of Motivation

For those of you who are waiting for a promotion, hang in there! Your job may be tedious, but realize that you are where you are for a reason and that you are contributing to the bigger picture. If you doubt the impact of your position and are lacking motivation, ask your manager about how the work you’re doing is helping the organization at large. Nothing makes as good of an impression as genuine enthusiasm, so be sure to identify the light at the end of your tunnel that makes your work worth it!