From the outside looking in, it often seems like certain people are on the fast-track to success. Aside from friends and family of members of management, this is rarely the case. Instead, these people have figured out the secret to moving up the corporate ladder.
In order to quickly climb the ranks at work, you've got to be able to impress your boss.
Everybody has to start somewhere and most people start at the bottom of the food chain in the office. From there, it's all about getting yourself noticed for doing all the right things. Being in the right place at the right time helps, too, but being there isn't going to matter if others in the office have positioned themselves ahead of you in the queue for promotions.
First of all, let's get the basics out of the way. You have to work hard and be competent at what you do. If you can't do these two things, you probably aren't going to get promoted, unless your boss is lazier and more incompetent than you are. Personal feelings about the boss aside, chances are your boss knows exactly what it takes to keep his bosses happy and consistently does those things. If not, there may be a position (and a chance for promotion, if you play your cards right) opening up soon.
Let's assume you're competent and a hard worker, but still keep getting passed up for promotions. What then? Here are a handful of proven ways to impress your boss and get moved up from within.
Pay Attention to the Little Details
People tend to get caught up in the big picture and forget about the little details. Bosses, on the other hand, tend to notice the little things and how they relate to the big picture.
In order to understand why the little details matter so much, it helps to look at things from the perspective of a boss. Let's say you're in charge of 25 people who are all tasked with similar jobs. All 25 of your employees are relatively competent at their job. They all work at an appropriate pace and they all turn their assignments in on time.