How to Get Promoted While Working from Home

Over the past few years, working from home has become extremely common across companies in all industries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nowadays, millions of employees have the opportunity to fulfil their roles from the comfort of their own homes, which has created a greater work/life balance for many.

But, what does it mean for getting promotions?

The good news is that there are still many ways you can excel while remote working and achieve those sought-after career advancement opportunities.

By employing the strategies we have listed below, you have a greater chance of standing out amongst your peers and progressing in your professional journey – all from your home office.

5 tips on getting a promotion while working from home:

Set clear goals

First thing’s first is to set yourself clear goals.

Do you have any long-term goals in mind? Aim to break these down into actionable steps that can be carried out remotely, so you have a clear focus on how you’re going to reach the end goal.

Also, analyse your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your technical and soft skills to determine which direction you are best to venture in. Research the requirements for similar positions advertised online so you can create a well-rounded plan of how you’re going to get to where you want to be.

Ideas may include enrolling onto an online course, seeking feedback from your manager, or asking for more responsibilities, which we have discussed below.

Take on additional responsibilities

While it’s never a good idea to overwork yourself, it may work in your favour to take on additional responsibilities or projects if you finish your priority tasks early.

Specifically, ask for tasks that align with your career goals or enable you to develop new skills that will help you progress. Even if you choose to leave the company in the near future, you will have developed extra skills and responsibilities to add to your CV or video CV.

What’s more, you’ll also give the impression that you’re very keen to contribute to the organisation’s success, which will also work in your favour when considering who to give the promotion to

Communicate regularly

When working alone in your own home, it’s easy to fall into the trap of not communicating with your team at any point during the day.

However, it is always a good idea to stay in close contact with your manager and colleagues either via email, phone, or video call.

Make an effort to provide updates on your progress and achievements to prove to those you work with that you’re making huge strides in your role. Don’t forget that when managers build a closer relationship with you and have a clearer understanding of your achievements and work ethic, they’re more likely to want to give you the promotion over others.

While in conversation, drop hints about your career aspirations. Have open and honest discussions about how you see your next five years planning out with the company. In doing so, you’ll stay top of mind if and when any opportunities arise.

Network remotely

Despite spending most of your weekday at home, make an effort to network with other professionals and recruitment agencies outside of the organisation. It may be the case that your current company doesn’t have any new opportunities available, which may be hindering your progress. Now may be the time to make a change.

Attend industry events or job fairs, where you can talk to other employers or recruitment agencies such as Inspiring Interns about the type of opportunities you’re hoping to explore. 

One chance meeting could be the opening to your new dream graduate job!