Top 10 Ways to Get the Promotion You Deserve

Here's how to prevent working motherhood from hurting your chances

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As a full-time working mom, to feel challenging to advance in the workplace. Luckily with more and more employers understanding of the task of balancing parenthood and work, a work promotion is no longer a dream for working mothers. You just need to take some steps to achieve it.

So how can you get the work promotion you desire when you have so many responsibilities to juggle? Consider these tried and true ways to get the work promotion you deserve.

Make a Plan to Get Ahead at Work

Create a daily plan that will help you get ahead of your work.  When you set mini goals that direction will help get you through your work quicker.  When you illustrate you're a hard worker and how dedicated you are to succeeding it shows you can handle more responsibility. Plus, if you are ahead of schedule, you'll be in a better position to field the unexpected school closure or sick child.

Show Them That Nothing Is Beyond Your Reach

When it comes to your work performance, avoid using the word "no".  You can always say "yes," and then suggest a reasonable due date for the assignment or ask which current priority should be put on the back burner so you can put all your energy on the new task.

Show that you can be available to complete the task at hand, even if it's something that is unappealing to you. Never pass off work to co-workers even if the task seems difficult because deep down you can do the job.

 Show you can complete any assignment that is handed to you!

Don't Let Fear Get in the Way and Just Ask for Those Hard Work Assignments 

Show that you want to go to the next level by taking on assignments your immediate boss would handle. By showing you can go beyond your own job duties, you show your employer that you can handle more responsibility, and position yourself for a promotion.

Don't Be Afraid to Tell Your Boss They're Wrong

Instead of sitting back and doing the job you've been assigned, make proposals that will help you succeed in business situations. If you can come up with a better way to gain new clients, enhance the web presence of your business or expand revenue, tell your boss about it in a formal proposal. This shows you are not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Look for Ways to Showcase Your Talents 

Make your employer notice your talents by having them highlighted with all milestones that you accomplish. For example, if your negotiating skills are your strong point, then tackle projects that will showcase your prime negotiating skills, and make sure your boss knows a project was successful due to you being able to properly broker the deal.

Don't Be Shy, Be the Leader You're Meant to Be

No employer wants to promote the follower.  Show your leadership skills any time you take the reins on a project. If you show you can lead a team to the next level then your boss will be more likely to view you as a candidate deserving of a promotion.

Let It Be Known That You Want a Promotion

Make sure your employer knows you want to be next in line for a promotion should the opportunity come up. During a conversation with your boss or your boss's boss you could mention how you plan to grow with the company and talk about your long-term career goals at the company.

Never Pass Up the Opportunity to Be Aggressive and Assertive

Employees worthy of a work promotion are always aggressive in going after what they want for themselves in their career. Make sure you get noticed in the workplace by being the assertive one who is always there to take on the task at hand and see it through from the beginning to end.

Instead of Working Hard Behind Your Desk Go to the Office Party

While a promotion is often based on your job performance, it doesn't hurt to get on good social terms with your boss. Find common interests and talk about these subjects during your lunch break or downtime at work. If it's all business between you and your boss, then you don't give him or her time to see you as a human being and care about your success on a personal level.

Be There for Your Team by Asking How You Can Help

People who are viewed as worthy of a promotion are those who can be team players. When you show your employer you can lead a team or be part of one, you're illustrating your versatility. Promotions are often granted to those people an employer can count on to take the right leadership role during a project or assignment.

Edited by Elizabeth McGrory