For the past six months you’ve worked your back-end off to get yourself recognised. You’ve sacrificed your social life, shed countless tears in the toilets and under eye concealer is no longer a fad purchase, it’s a necessity. So when that much sought after promotion finally does come your way, what then?
We’re here to talk you through some of the do’s and don’ts that accompany that well deserved promotion.
DO: Expect your workmates to act a little differently around you. If you’re close work pals haven’t received their promotion yet, crossing that barrier to a place where you may have to manage their activity may take a little time and gentle nudging.
DON’T: Walk in on your first day you’re new job title kicks in and expect everybody to answer to you. You’re more than likely being watched by everybody to see how you change.
DO: Throw yourself into learning new things. There will be parts of the job that you didn’t even take into consideration before, so now is the time to treat your brain like the sponge it can be and learn, learn, learn!
DON’T: Assume others will take responsibility for your actions. Once you get that promotion you’re one step higher up the food chain and therefore a little bit less protected. If you see anything going wrong, you have to speak up and become as immersed as possible.
DO: Be prepared for some more late nights. You’ve shown the worlds you talents over the last few months and now that level of productivity is now expected.
DON’T: Become complacent. There will be lots of eyes on you in this new role and you need to be careful that you’re making the right impression.
DO: Keep the momentum going. Whilst you’re the star of the show for the moment, take it as your time to continue to showcase your skills.
DON’T: Rush too much into looking for that next promotion. This stage now is all about learning.
DO: Stay grounded and remember others. Those you’re now tying to boss around are probably due the same promotion anytime soona dn a happy team is a successful team.
DON’T: Overthink everything. You deserve that promotion so allow yourself to enjoy it and don’t overquestion all of your work!
Catherine Maskell, Head of Marketing at Reed, also shared her own top tip:
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Some people working their way up the ladder invest in a mentor or career coach to help, but it’s best to recognise there may be difficult decisions you now have to make a part of your new role. You can confide in a friend who has similar experience, a more senior member of staff or even someone who has good life experience. Quite often these individuals know and understand people, and having an outsider’s perspective really helps.”