If you have been in your sales role for a significant time and have been reaching your targets, odds are you want a promotion. To advance to the next level, you need to start preparing now. When you are able to show why you have earned the position, you are likely to be awarded it.
Take action in these four areas to show you are ready for a sales promotion.
1. Meet with Your Manager
Set a time to talk with your manager about what you need to do to get promoted. Prepare for your discussion by creating a list of your job responsibilities, experience, skills, and achievements. Be sure to use numbers to show specific ways your results benefitted the company. Also, express your desire to advance your career and gain support to make it happen. During your talk, find out what you need to do, the actions you can take, and when you want to complete the requirements by. Then, set up a time to meet with your manager to share your progress and ask for feedback. Continue the process until you have earned your promotion.
2. Gain Workplace Visibility
Show your coworkers and leadership the value you add to the organization. For instance, find opportunities to showcase your knowledge and abilities during meetings or performance reviews. Also, ask your colleagues and manager for feedback on your work performance, then implement what you learn. Additionally, offer to get involved in company events. The more employees at all levels who recognize and reward your accomplishments, the more support you have for earning a promotion.
3. Solve Problems
Find ways to increase efficiency, save money, or reduce expenses for the organization. For instance, look for obstacles that slow productivity or create unnecessary costs, then create a plan to resolve the issues. Also, look for team or company gaps, such as between sales and marketing, then fill them. This type of problem-solving shows initiative and leadership skills. It also demonstrates your strong work ethic and ability to take on challenges. Going above and beyond your work duties can lead to a promotion.
4. Prioritize Learning
Continuously educate yourself to improve your work performance. For instance, read sales and leadership blogs and books. Also, listen to sales and leadership podcasts and audiobooks. Additionally, participate in sales and leadership webinars and conferences. Plus, take part in local meetups and other networking events where you can talk with other sales professionals and advance your career. Improving your work performance enhances your ability to earn a promotion.
Are You Ready to Grow Your Sales Career?
If you have outgrown your sales role and are ready to work in a fast-paced, high-growth industry, talk with The Charis Group’s recruiters. As the leading sales recruiting firm for the industrial safety and PPE industries, we can help you take a step forward in your career. We look forward to helping you achieve more.