5 Tips for Snagging a Promotion in the HR Industry

It’s time for a promotion.

You’ve put in a lot of hard work at your current place of employment. You’re dependable, creative, and have proven yourself to be a great leader among your coworkers.

Now that it’s been a few years (or even a long few months), you feel that you’re ready to take the next step.

Getting a promotion isn’t easy, but it’s definitely easier if you’re working to set yourself apart from your coworkers. But, you’re not entitled to a promotion just because you’ve worked for the same company for several years.

So, here are the best ways to secure yourself that much-deserved promotion in the future.

Take Initiative

When employers are looking to hire for a more advanced position, they’re looking for a candidate that goes above and beyond.

So, how do you do that?

Take some initiative and do a little bit more than your job title calls for. Offer to take on some new tasks and duties and prove to your boss that you’re skilled and capable of doing more.

Show that you’re able to handle the increased workload of a possible promotion.

Ask relevant questions and demonstrate a genuine interest in your job and in the company. The worst thing you can do when you’re looking for a promotion is to settle for being a run-of-the-mill employee.

Do your best to avoid blending in with the crowd. Set yourself apart as a leader and offer your input when things get hectic. 

But be careful. The last thing you want to do is portray yourself as controlling and authoritative when you’re just looking to help. 

Be Reliable

Once you begin taking on a larger workload, you want to prove to those above you that you’re more than capable of handling difficult tasks and duties. 

But, it’s not just about doing the tasks; it’s about doing them efficiently.

You don’t want to work so quickly that you make careless mistakes and errors. At the same time, you don’t want to work so slowly that you miss important deadlines.

The trick is to meet your deadlines while making as few mistakes as possible. If you can do that, your boss will begin to notice.

So, prove yourself to be a hardworking employee that doesn’t need constant guidance or reassurance from your supervisor. Eventually, more responsibilities will be turned over to you when they begin to pile up on your boss.

Your goal is to be the person your boss can depend on no matter what.

Offer New Ideas

There’s a fine line between being creative and being controlling, so self-awareness is key. You might view your idea as potentially groundbreaking for your company, but if you present it in the wrong way, it might seem like you’re telling your boss how the place should be run.

So, share your ideas carefully.

If you find a way to perform a task easier or quicker, let your coworkers know. After all, your workplace should be a team environment where everybody collaborates and shares their ideas.

New ideas also set you apart.

They show that you’ve taken a deeper look at the inner-workings of the tasks you’re assigned and put in some genuine thought. You have a great understanding of your responsibilities, which might just show your boss that you’re ready to handle more complex duties.

Compared to your coworkers, you’re putting in a lot more effort.


You probably don’t need additional training to stay in your job, but it’ll help when you’re chasing a promotion. Training can be anything from taking courses to earning relevant certificates.

Learning shows that you care.

After all, you’re taking time out of your day to learn something new that’ll help you perform your job better. All of your other coworkers are just clocking out at the end of their shifts and not thinking about work until the next morning.

But, you’re also able to give back with training.

You’re the person learning how to help the company. You might learn about new strategies, programs, or what other businesses are doing that seem to be working. So, you might actually be making your company more efficient.

Just remember to actually learn. In other words, don’t just load up on certifications.

Licenses and certificates will look great on your resume. However, they won’t matter if you can’t translate your training into the workplace.

Make it a point to take your training seriously.

Ace the Interview

If your boss notices the extra work you’re putting in, you may be called in to interview for a possible promotion. But, the last thing you want to do is walk into that interview room assuming you already have the job.

You still need to prove your worth.

After all, why should your boss promote you as opposed to a coworker?

To ace the interview, you need to be able to speak about your experiences. That includes what you’ve done with the company, what you bring to the table, and how you’ve made the company better.

You also want to mention how you’ve gone above and beyond.

So, make it a point to mention the new certifications that you’ve earned, the ideas you’ve implemented, and how you’ve worked with team members to achieve a common goal.

You need to show that you’re an integral facet of your company.

Think about it.

What makes you different?

Now, figure out how to explain that to your boss!


When you put in the necessary work, you’ll likely be on your way to a promotion in the near future. However, you need to make sure that you’re proving to your boss that you actually deserve the promotion.

So, go out of your way to set yourself apart as a reliable and effective employee. Play your part in the workplace and strive to further your career through educational opportunities. 

And, last but not least:

Make sure your boss notices!

About the Author

promotionAdam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Paramount 3800 to help them with their online marketing.

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