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Are you convinced that you’re due a promotion at work, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening?

Convinced that they were going to make you Team Leader this year seeing as you have worked for the company for five years, but instead they gave the position to that jacka** that joined the company six months ago?

People who get promoted at work, tend to fit a certain personality profile, and there are a number of habits that they live by which are sure to be contributing factors to their success.

Employers will always look for somebody who is technically skilled to do the job, however, it’s about so much more than what’s on your CV. 

Some argue that the personality profile is actually more important than the technical skills, which can usually be taught to a person who fits the bill personality wise.

So today I have a list of five habits of people who get promoted in their jobs which I hope will help you in your own career!

Hey! If you’re looking for more career advice, then make sure you check out 4 Ways To Deal If You Make A Mistake At Work.

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5 Habits Of People Who Always Get Promoted At Work


Managers are busy people.   They don’t want their team to dump more work on their desk by complaining about things, and constantly bringing up problems. 

Instead, look for ways to solve problems before they have to be escalated to management.

Don’t keep secrets, but it is so much better to be able to say “we faced an issue today, but we worked together to find a solution and everything is being handled”, rather than saying “we have an issue and don’t know how to solve it, please could you get involved.”

Somebody who comes up with creative solutions to fix problems and who is able to work as part of a team to handle things efficiently is the sort of person who will be seen as deserving of a promotion.


You’re paid to do a job, but simply doing exactly what you’re paid to do is not enough if you want to be at the top of the list for further opportunities. 

Look for ways that you can go above and beyond. 

Depending on your field of work, this will look different for everybody but as an example, if you work in Customer Service, rather than just handling a customer complaint by following the by the book process, you might want to offer the customer a solution to their issue, something complimentary as an apology and then reach out for a courtesy call a week later to make sure that they are happy and their faith in the company has been restored.


Smile! Don’t look so glum!  

Smiley people are happier, and happy people not only do their own job better, but the people that surround them are lifted and they want to work harder too!

So be the person at work who people consider to be approachable, good company, and a mood lifter whenever you walk into a room.

For more tips on how to be a more likeable, approachable person, check out 15 Tips To Be Liked By Everybody.


Reliability is one of the most important qualities that your boss will consider when deciding who in the team is deserving of an advancement.

People need to have confidence that you are going to show up every day, on time and prepared to do your job with 100% commitment.

Make an effort to be timely, thorough and devoted to your role at all times.  If for any reason you’re ever unable to make it to work or you’re struggling with something, then let your manager and you team know so they can make arrangements for cover, or work with you to provide assistance. 


Last but not least, always look for ways that you can learn new skills and techniques that will help you go further in your role.

Ask your manager if there are course available in your field that you can attend.  Suggest team based learning activities that will benefit everybody.

Taking the initiative to invest in your development shows your manager that you are there for the long term rather than just collecting a paycheck until something better comes along.

The new skills you learn will help you perform your current job better, plus when you do leave the company, you will have learned a load of new skills that can be applied to whatever you do next.

To Finish Off…

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you will be able to take on some of this advice to improve your performance at work, so next time a more superior role is vacant, your name is the first on everybody’s lips to fill the post.

Let me know if you have any other tips for excelling at work and make sure you stop by again soon for more lifestyle and career advice! 

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