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If you’re serious about advancing your career, you really have to demonstrate your abilities to the right people. You have to conduct yourself in a manner that positions you as someone who should be considered for a promotion. If you’re ready to move beyond an entry-level position, you’ll likely find our tips quite useful. After all, once you’ve been working in the same position for a while, it’s time to take on a new challenge.


  1. Have initiative – do more than is required
  2. Look for ways to showcase your talents 
  3. Work harder AND smarter
  4. Go beyond your to-do list
  5. Take extra responsibilities and projects
  6. Be an intrapreneur
  7. Zap negativity
  8. Attend conferences related to your job/role
  9. Don’t let fear get in the way and just ask for those hard work assignments
  10. Be flexible and adapt well to change
  11. Be there for your team by asking how you can help
  12. Be a good communicator
  13. Help others
  14. Network internally
  15. Develop strong negotiation skills
  16. Provide superior customer service at all times
  17. Maintain a good attitude and be easy to get along with
  18. Be willing to learn, be teachable
  19. Maintain confidentiality
  20. Celebrate other people’s successes
  21. Have integrity
  22. Dress well and professionally
  23. Learn the big picture of the organization and how it works
  24. Have a mentor
  25. Solve problems
  26. Pay attention to details
  27. Be diplomatic
  28. Keep your boss up to date
  29. Care deeply about the company
  30. Seek and use feedback well
  31. Let your boss hear bad news from you first
  32. Consult others, listen to others inputs, opinions and suggestions
  33. Be creative and innovative
  34. Undertake professional development training to sharpen your skills
  35. Understand your boss’s interests, likes and dislikes
  36. Learn from your failures and mistakes
  37. Be patient
  38. Train others
  39. Show ambition and desire to grow in your career
  40. Be decisive
  41. Develop good presentation skills
  42. Respect your boss and colleagues
  43. Build strong relationships in your company, with suppliers and customers 
  44. Efficiently manage scarce resources
  45. Be consistent and reliable
  46. Be a team player
  47. Demonstrate that you have the ability to move up the corporate ladder
  48. Volunteer especially on interdepartmental projects and teams
  49. Participate in informal company events such as staff parties
  50. Propose new products or services
  51. Ask for a promotion
  52. Read the book ‘The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead’ by Bonnie Marcus