9 Tips For Finally Getting That Promotion

You've put in your time and you feel that you're ready for more responsibility and a bigger paycheck. Maybe you've been passed over for a couple of positions or maybe you're just motivated to give yourself the best possible chance for success.

There are steps you can take to enhance your odds of taking the next step in your career.

Be proactive and advance your career with these strategies:

1. Avoid gossip and drama.

There's little to be gained by getting involved with gossip and drama. You'll find that the real power players within your organization avoid this type of activity and think little of those that partake.

You might make a new friend or two, but they're unlikely to ever be in the position to help you.

2. Be early and stay late.

As a general rule, you don't want to be the last one to show up to work or the first to leave.

Ensure everyone is aware that you're putting in your hours. Put in the necessary facetime to get the respect you deserve.

3. Be orderly and organized.

Everyone should know that you have your work under control. If you're disorganized, it gives the impression that you can't handle your workload.

Others will assume that you canÕt handle more responsibility.

4. Provide solutions.

Most employees provide complaints, but no solutions. Stand out to the higher-ups by bringing potential solutions.

You'll be a breath of fresh air and make a great impression. Think about the issues in your workplace and begin working on a few solutions.

5. Ask what you can do to get promoted.

Ask your boss, or his boss, what you need to do to receive a promotion. You'll be one of the few that have ever asked.

And if you actually follow the suggestions given, your boss might feel obligated to give you that promotion.

6. Speak up at meetings.

The average employee abhors meetings and either complains or has a blank look on their face while wondering where they went wrong in life.

Stand out by paying attention and asking an intelligent question or making a pertinent comment.

7. Be reliable.

Get your work done on time. Show up to meetings on time. Arrive at work on time.

You know which of your coworkers are reliable and which are not. Your boss is well aware, too.

8. Dress for the position.

Have you ever noticed that supervisors dress a certain way, and the managers all dress differently?

This is true from the bottom to the top in any organization. Dress like you already have the position you desire.

9. Be willing to change departments or even companies.

To receive a promotion, there needs to be an opening. Depending on the size of your department and company, it might be a while. Consider your options outside of your current department.

Avoid being passive if you want to increase the odds of getting a promotion. Employers prefer employees that take the initiative. Advancing your career is your responsibility.

Find ways to stand out in a positive way from your fellow coworkers. Earn the right to expect a promotion, and don't be afraid to look for outside opportunities, too.

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What Girl Scout Cookies Can Teach You about Becoming More Successful

The Girls Scouts have been selling cookies for more than 100 years, and they've created the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program in the world. In fact, more than 200 million boxes of cookies are sold each year, totaling about $800 million dollars.

While the cookie sales sound impressive on their own, they're not the only benefit of scouting. Studies show that former Girl Scouts have higher achievements across the board, including increased income and greater self-esteem.

With a record like that, the Girl Scouts must know something about blending traditional and modern paths to success. Take a look at what Thin Mints and Samoas can teach you about reaching your own goals.

Traditional Paths to Success:

1. Focus on giving.

Supporting worthy causes is part of what makes Girl Scout cookies so popular.

The money goes back into the local community or to other charities that the girls select.

Whether you're selling shortbread or life insurance, helping others to reach their dreams will help you to fulfill your own.

2. Be authentic.

The pictures on the cookie boxes are all real Girl Scouts, and the girls are encouraged to wear their uniforms going door to door or staffing their booths.

Being genuine with yourself and others will make you more likeable and trustworthy too.

3. Build skills.

The Girl Scouts have invented their own 5-part formula for success. It includes goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

While you may choose different wording, it's important to develop the abilities and behaviors that enable you to deal with life's challenges.

4. Look out for your family.

The first Girl Scout cookies were baked by mothers and daughters in their own kitchens, and parents still bring cookies to the office to sell to coworkers.

Family support helps you to stay strong and resilient.

5. Make friends.

Selling cookies takes teamwork. You'll discover more opportunities and make more progress if you network vigorously and consistently.

Focus on what you can do for others and follow up when you make a commitment.

6. Leverage your strengths.

Would you believe that Thin Mints account for 25% of Girl Scout cookies sales?

While it's important to be open to new ideas, your biggest achievements will come from knowing how to use your unique talents.

7. Live healthy.

Speaking of new ideas, Girl Scout cookies now come in vegan and gluten-free options. To accomplish anything in life, you need to take care of your mind and body.

8. Appreciate nature.

S'more cookies are one sign of how scouting brings cookies and camping together. Outdoor activities are another mainstay of a happy and productive life.

9. Gain confidence.

The greatest benefit of scouting and selling cookies may be the increased confidence that Girl Scouts report.

Believing in yourself makes you a success in any field.

Modern Paths to Success:

1. Go digital.

Caramel deLites and Do-si-Dos took a giant step into the 21st Century with the launching of the Digital Cookies platform in 2014.

Embracing new technology enables you to work smarter and stay relevant.

2. Use social media.

The internet makes it a lot easier to find out when your favorite cookies go on sale.

Build your community by staying in touch and sharing your views on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other channels.

3. Seek balance.

On the other hand, Girl Scout cookies are still officially on sale for only about 6 to 8 weeks a year even in a 24/7 society, so girls can participate in other worthwhile projects.

It's a good reminder to stick to your own values and priorities.

Girl Scout cookies are a delicious way to treat yourself and invest in your community. Let these young cookie entrepreneurs inspire you to take action and live the life you want.

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