Getting Ahead in The Public Sector

It is hard to know whether you are ready for a promotion. You may have been in your job for a long time and think that a promotion may never come your way. Or maybe you are new to the role and want to know ways to impress your boss from the get-go. Either way, understanding how to gain attention and respect from senior members will allow you to become an essential asset to your team.

4 signs that will show your manager you are ready for a promotion

  1. Take ownership

Demonstrate the ability take on new challenges with a positive frame of mind. This will show your willingness to learn and that you are ready for the next step in your career. Thrive on change and have the confidence in wanting to be a part of your organisation’s decision- making process.

  1. Delegate

Knowing how to successfully lead a team can be challenging. Show that you don’t require control in every task by having the confidence to delegate when appropriate. Being able to delegate effectively will help your manager see you step up into leadership.

  1. Support

The more I help out, the more successful I become. But I measure success in what it has done for the people around me. That is the real accolade” Adam Grant, author of 'Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success'.

Demonstrate your ability to collaborate and lead a team through supporting your colleagues. This will not only boost overall success, being helpful to your colleagues is an attribute that is undeniably noticed by managers. Provide praise where appropriate to show your commitment to the success of your colleagues.

  1. Establish a development plan

Show that you are motivated for the next step in your career by establishing a personal development plan. Creating short-term and long-term professional goals will demonstrate your drive in wanting to move upwards in the organisation.

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