Boosting your career after grabbing that first job

When you've been in an entry-level job for several months, what steps can you take to try and make sure that, if a promotion or something similar comes up, you have a better chance of being the person given the extra responsibility – and pay – that might come with this?

A boost to your career could come in several forms. If you've initially been given a part-time position with few hours each week, for example, but want more, your first step might be to look out for any chance to get a contract for longer hours – and thus earn more.

Once you've been in most jobs for some time, there's usually a chance to take-on a more senior role, meanwhile.

This might mean taking on extra responsibility – for example, you might end up supervising other staff, and having to be somewhat responsible for their work as well as your own.

When it comes to promotions like this, it goes without saying that your efforts at work will play a part in how likely you are to get the new job up.

Doing things you'll be able to use as currency in a promotion interview could really make the difference as to whether you take that step up or not.  


There may be responsibilities that you can take on now that will help prepare you for the more senior role. Obviously, if these are offered, take them. You'll be able to add new lines to your CV that could help with that promotion in the end. If you're not sure what extra responsibility you might be able to take – ask, it'll make a great impression on those in charge.

Show willing

If you're the person who does that extra shift when things are tight, and is willing to come in at short notice, not only will this help demonstrate that you care about the place you work for, it'll also give you all the more chance to gain experience – and experience is what matters when it comes to promotions.

Find a role model

A role model can be a great way to work out exactly how the career ladder works in your workplace. If someone you work with has a job title you want, talk to them about how they got where they are – although obviously this might appear threatening in some circumstances, so be careful. You don't want to make it look like you want to push someone out of their job!

It's not all about work!

Remember that you can keep developing yourself outside of your current role. For example, if you are only working part time, why not consider doing some temp shifts elsewhere, to help yourself develop new skills, if this would be useful?

Look around

Loyalty to one company can often pay off in a promotion eventually, but remember that there may be a next-step role out there for you with another organisation. Don't be afraid to look out for something suitable, because as long as you handle the situation carefully, trying-out for a job somewhere else shouldn't cause you any problems.

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