This post originally appeared on The Fiscal Times.
So you want a promotion – but don’t have a clue how to make it happen.
Career experts say that even though you can’t flip the advancement switch yourself – no matter how much you may deserve it – you can take certain actions to improve your chances of moving up the corporate ladder.
First, understand that your managers and possibly your human resources team hold the key to your advancement, depending on your organization’s structure. Promotions are usually subject to your team’s needs and workload, your boss’s short-term and long-term goals, and your company’s overall strategic plan.
While not all promotions include pay raises, a vertical move up the ladder with increasing responsibilities and visibility can certainly help your stature, both with colleagues at your workplace and within your industry – helping you ultimately achieve your career goals.
In his new book, “The Critical First Years of Your Professional Life,” Robert L. Dilenschneider, founder and chairman of The Dilenschneider Group, a global PR firm, says there are specific actions and attitudes employees can embrace to make a promotion more likely in the months and years ahead (and he’s not just talking about being a good team player):
Create friendly relationships with people in other departments. Intra-department bull sessions or quick chats here and there may hardly be on your mind when you’re 100 percent task-focused – and when you barely know other people in your company except to say “good morning” on your way in the door. But establishing connections with employees in key groups within your company can only help. “Those connections may help you get a promotion and will certainly be useful to you after you are promoted,” advises Dilenschneider.