Being stuck in a rut on your job is the ultimate manifestation of frustration and landing a job promotion is no easy feat. If you are ready to advance, you will need to have patience and some self-promotional practical understanding. Large overtures do not always make you promotable. Stick with achieving smaller tasks that mean a lot. There are little things you can do will get you promoted that will not cost you a ton of money or time.
Come Early, Stay Late
Giving what is required is a hallmark of a good employee, but not necessarily one that deserves a promotion. Show up five minutes early and stay five minutes behind every work day. These ten minutes should be used for performing an extra task or putting a finishing touch on a project. A willingness to give extra time is a trait managers look for in team leaders.
Use Your Reviews
Request copies of your past performance reviews if you do not have them. Explain that you want to study them to become a better employee. Take the critiques to heart and make any changes requested by your boss. If you are unsure about what a comment means, ask. Do not be argumentative or defensive. This is not what top employees do.
Look for Mentors
Consider asking for a company mentor. Talk to someone in senior management about being your mentor. Be prepared to learn, listen and work a little harder. Talk to someone in HR about a company mentorship.
Find someone you can groom for your position like a new employee or someone in your area who wants to learn. Once you have the ability to hand off your main job responsibilities to someone, you are in the unique position of being prepared for promotion. A good employee does not need to worry that their job will be stolen. Training others will show management you have the skills to be in a leadership role.
Redefine Your Position
If the company has appointed you chief multitasker, it is OK to ask for a different job title. Ask that a new position be created that will give you new responsibilities and some new perks. Even if your new position comes with a slim pay raise, you will have achieved a promotion.
Perform a gap analysis to give yourself a realistic map to your promotion. Compare your current skill set and qualifications with where they should be at the next level. If you feel a promotion is worth it, then do what it takes to close the gap and gain your promotion.
Take the steps you need to get a promotion you desire, even if they happen to be small steps.