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How to Ask the Right Questions to Get Promoted

Use these tips to get the low-down on what it takes to get promoted.


  • Step 1: Pick your manager's brain to gain their perspective about the most important skills they think you should have going forward. Inquire about getting more training through the company. The more competitive the market gets, the more you need to broaden your options by having diverse skills.
  • Step 2: Probe every resource to advance your career through initiative and leadership skills. Make an appointment with anyone who occupies a status you seek, and ask them questions about their career path. Good luck!
  • FACT: By 2008, the Institute for Policy Studies reported, the average CEO earned about 319 times the average worker. In 1980, the ratio was 42 to one.
  • Step 3: Offer occasionally to help by asking if the boss needs anything. Your willingness to pitch in and the fact that you noticed how lonely it gets at the top stands you in good stead.
  • TIP: Even if you hate selling or ingratiating yourself, to remain passive and follow is to be just as dishonest, acting like you don't care.
  • Step 4: Invite the boss to speak of your strengths. They may have an altogether different take than you and even see a couple you don't. Find out how those contribute to expanded options for you within the organization.
  • Step 5: Demonstrate concern for goals--your own, as well as the company's. Ask you boss while working on projects to be sure you're on the right path and understand the goals of the project.
  • Step 6: Ask your superiors what areas of your work you need to develop in order to advance your career.

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