How To Get Ahead At Work

Getting ahead at work isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Position yourself as a helpful contributor to the company. 

The workplace is often a community environment wherein employees collaborate, connect, and interact in other ways. Understanding how this environment works can provide you with more options when it comes to advancing in your career. 

Getting ahead at work isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Being a good employee is one part, but that should be a given. In addition to just doing your job, you should also position yourself as a helpful contributor to the company. 

And that means the whole company, not just the parts of the company that you directly engage with. Though, we’re sure there is a chance you don’t know what we mean, so here’s an explanation. 

Ways You Can Get Ahead At Work

Getting ahead at work only requires that you do more than your colleagues. In what ways you do more is up to you, but a holistic approach is usually the best means of making quick, noticeable progress. 

These are some of the different ways you can get yourself on the fast track to advancement at work.

Be An Exceptional Employee

To stand out, you must be someone of meaning to your company. Anyone can do their job, but if you learn how to outshine all of your colleagues, your managers are sure to take notice quickly. 

Be on time and participate in conversations as often as you have something to say. Learn how to make your opinions and contributions more valuable to the company, then articulate yourself whenever possible. As people notice that you are capable of providing value, they will become more likely to praise you when interacting with your managers and leaders. 

As talk continues, it is only a matter of time until you get noticed by someone with the ability to provide you with a career advancement opportunity. 

Make Your Boss Look Good

Your boss may not pay you, but they have significant control over the future of your career. By staying organized and performing at your best, you can make your boss look as good as possible to their employers. Even if your boss is, well, the boss, they still have stakeholders to worry about. If you are doing your job to the best of your ability, these stakeholders benefit as well. 

At the end of the day, you should do what is necessary for your branch or department to succeed. If you do so, everyone working closely with you will notice. That’s one of the first steps toward getting ahead at work.  

Be Vocal

If you are in the position to speak, speak. Not all employees have the opportunity to express how they feel about the work they are engaging in. If you learn to articulate your opinions on work matters effectively, people may see value in your communication skills. 

This could be the point of entry through which you creep up to the next level of your career. Don’t believe me? 

Well consider this; skilled communicators are effectively the oil that keeps the machine (the business) running. They ensure that assignments are completed promptly and they make sure that ideas are cycled up to the people who need to hear them most. Not only that, but they also help encourage their colleagues to express ideas that could be important to the business. 

To truly make progress by being vocal, take as many opportunities to speak up as you can. By sharing your opinions and expertise confidently in conversations and meetings, you can demonstrate your knowledge while also developing your communication skills. Through such action, you can present yourself as someone capable of fitting in with interdisciplinary teams of employees. 

Be Confident

Confidence is one of the most valuable skills you can display in the workplace. When people see a confident person, they often tend to rely on them when they have something they need. If you are confident, people will come to you with more responsibilities. As you prove that you are capable of handling those responsibilities, you should expect more duties to be given to you. 

Whether this is in the form of you receiving a promotion or you just have additional tasks added to your daily workload, additional responsibilities should be seen as a good thing. Through them, you can plant yourself in the foundation of the company as a contributor who is capable of confidently addressing the work they are given. 

That’s the type of person that gets promoted. 

Master Your Skills

Highly skilled people are often the most valued members of their companies. By mastering the skills you find yourself using at work, you can develop traits that will be more valuable to your managers. 

Rather than just guessing, you can even ask your leadership what skills they value. This will give you a starting point from which you can begin learning additional skills to supplement your current capabilities. 

As you fine-tune your skills, your capacity to do your current job quickly will grow. In time, people will notice that you are the fastest or most effective worker on your team. If they ask you what you are doing that’s so different, that would be the perfect time to mention the work you’ve done to master your professional skill set.  

Knowing that you are putting in additional effort to be a better employee is certain to mean a lot to your boss. 

So continue mastering skills. Frankly, it’s never been easier.  

As Harvard Business School Professor, Das Narayandas, puts it, “The good news is that the growing assortment of online courses, social and interactive platforms, and learning tools from both traditional institutions and upstarts…offers a solution. [They are] flexible and immediately accessible, and it enables employees to pick up skills in the context in which they must be used. In effect, it’s a 21st-century form of on-the-job training.”

Make Progress At Work

It’s time for you to start making progress at work. Use the tactics we’ve mentioned above to position yourself as optimally as possible. In time, we are sure you’ll see results. 

Katy Boyles |
Categories: Career Advice
Katy (she/her) is our Social Media Manager at Snagajob, where she loves talking to hourly workers and employers all day long. Her first hourly job was as a hostess.