Remember To Check In
“If you have a regular cadence for checking in, make sure its frequent enough now that you are both remote. It is possible your manager may not know how to manage remotely and communicating and collaborating with a dispersed team is different than managing a team in one place,” says Anirudh Nair from The Graduate Project. “If you want to stay top-of-mind, you’ll need to check in more frequently than before.”
Show Off Your Results
Experts will tell you that during times like these, it’s important to sell yourself. “Roughly translated, that means quantifying your results,” says Micheal Cheary from recruitment site Reed. “Start by taking note of any achievements you’ve made which helped the business reach their strategic goals, and place precedence on these when it comes to speaking with your manager. But don’t just talk about why you feel you deserve to be moved up – use results to prove how important you are to the overall success of the team.” Anirudh agrees: “With the current economic downturn, many companies are trying to reduce costs and so managers are questioning all their resources – including their employee count. It’s important that your contributions are clear and well-known, hence reporting your results and progress will help remind your manager what you bring to the table. Align these with company priorities – which may have changed. Being flexible is critical during unpredictable and changing times. Your day-to-day responsibilities may look very different. By aligning where the urgent work is, you stay busy where the need is greatest.
Be Yourself (Only Better)
Experience isn’t the only thing that counts when it comes to promotions, say the experts. “Some of the positions you apply for might require additional skills or qualifications, some of which may be seen as essential – even for an internal applicant,” explains Michael. “So, instead of waiting for your employer to push you forward, take things into your own hands by getting certified on your own terms. If it’s a role you really want to do, the extra time spent studying will undoubtedly pay dividends. And even if you miss out on the job within your own company, you’ll have something extra to add to your CV if you decide to start looking elsewhere.”
Admit To Your Own Mistakes
“Promotions aren’t just about your accomplishments – they also come down to accountability,” says Michael. “Anyone can take the credit when everything’s running smoothly. But showing that you’re willing to take the blame for failure, and actively seek solutions, is an absolutely vital attribute for senior staff to possess. So, if things do start going wrong, be honest and tell your manager. Then improve your own standing by letting them know how you’re going to resolve the issue. Because it’s better that they hear it directly from you, and know you’re on top of the situation, than finding out you’ve tried to cover it up from someone else.”