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News article26 May 2023European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Five sure signs that you are ready for a promotion

Are you eager to climb the corporate ladder and advance in your career? Recognising the signs that indicate you are ready for a promotion can help you position yourself for success and seize new opportunities within your company.

Five sure signs that you are ready for a promotion

You have become quicker and more efficient in your daily tasks

With time, tasks that you used to find difficult will start feeling easier, and you will become quicker at completing them. If you feel like your daily tasks are no longer challenging you, and you are completing them with ease, this might be a sign that you are ready to move up.

Your manager starts giving you more responsibilities

Sometimes your manager or employer may notice, before you do, that you have outgrown your current role. As you get better at your job, you may start receiving more responsibilities to match your skills. If your list of tasks and responsibilities has started to differ from your original job description – it might be a good idea to have a chat with your manager about the next steps for your career in the company.

You are your colleague’s go-to person for questions

As time passes and you gain experience, you also become a valuable holder of company knowledge. You may notice that people are increasingly coming to you with work-related questions and queries. If you have become a trusted source of information and advice for your colleagues, this might be a sign that you are ready to progress your career.

Your manager trusts you more

When you start a new job, it is only normal that your manager supervises your work more closely. However, as you get better and more efficient with your tasks, your supervisor may decide that you need less oversight. This means that they trust you to do a good job and are not afraid that you will make mistakes. This should indicate to you that you may have outgrown your role.

You are getting more positive feedback from your higher-ups

Direct positive feedback is one of the most unambiguous ways to know that you are doing a good job. Of course, some managers might be more reluctant to praise their employees than others, even when they are performing well. Keep track of any positive feedback you receive from colleagues, and especially your superiors. Once you have accumulated enough feedback, you might have a good case to ask for a promotion.

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