11 Tips to Get a Promotion, Straight From the Mouths of Bosses

Have you ever been promoted?

If so, congratulations. If not, there might be something you can do about that.

And we don't mean "be more confident" or "be more passionate." We mean specific actions you can take to impress your superiors—and take home a bigger paycheck.

Even if you're not specifically looking for a flashier title or more money (although who isn't?), these tips will help you become—or remain—a valued employee.

How did we find such useful tips? We asked the boss.

In fact, we interviewed nearly a dozen bosses, in fields ranging from marketing and tech to new media, executive recruiting and financial planning. They spoke to LearnVest on the condition of anonymity, to share exactly why they'd promoted a direct report in the past. From telling the boss when she's wrong to schmoozing at happy hour, their answers just might surprise you.

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  • TeachersPet09

    I am in that difficult stage of my career where, if I don’t get a raise or some recognition soon, I know that I need to leave my current job and find and environment that appreciates me more. This article really helped me create a plan of attack in my head for how I am going to get the raise I know I deserve. Libby Kane, whoever you are: God Bless You!

  • Great comments and very appropriate in any type of company/job.

  • Sharon

    I work for a litigation attorney who is handles numerous clients, I am his assistant and office manager, maintain his two office properties, dealing with several tenants, most who are attorney’s. It does not matter how demanding your job is, the advice in this article, is exactly how I’ve managed to plow through the last two years, with consistent raises. I’d add  ”loyalty” if your boss has any doubt, you are not loyal, then you are burning your reputation fast.  Integrity, holds you in high regard as well, without it, you’ll sink fast. Lastly, never take anything personally.

  • Crashq

    “Tell me I’m wrong” makws the list, really. How about paraphrasing it to “Tell me you want to move up the layoff list. In all of the companies that I have worked for, the farther u you go, the less likely that the bosses want to hear that you disagree with them, Even if they do not say anything, chances are that you have just harmed your advancement chances. The majority of bosses want to hear how right they are.