How to Get What You Want at Work

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When you’re at happy hour with your friends, it’s not uncommon to hear these work gripes: I don’t feel like I’m being paid what I deserve, I haven’t gotten the promotion I want yet, I wish I could be in charge of x project or have x role…

If that feels all too familiar, and especially if you’re feeling these issues yourself—what are you doing about it? What goals have you set? Who have you told about it? Here’s how to be a boss a$$ bitch in 2019 and start getting what you want at work.

1. Get after it.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest one in the room, the cleverest, or if you think you’ve got all the answers. It matters how much you’re willing to work, and how much you care. Be enthusiastic, be passionate, and get excited. Bring the energy and don’t be afraid to show how much you care. Get out there and just do it—embody the person and role you want to be. Not feeling stoked at work? That’s another discussion in itself, but maybe it’s time for a job change or a new side hustle so you can be in the place that makes you want to be stoked every day.

2. Ask for it.

If you want something, ask for it, do it, and don’t be embarrassed to express your goals. Tell someone! Are you hoping and wishing for a promotion? Hoping and wishing won’t get you where you want to be unless you vocalize what you want. Create a roadmap and a timeline, chart out your goals, and tell your boss, a team member, or a mentor what you want and how you’re going to get there. If you want to be in charge of a project—ask for it. You’ll be surprised how often the answer is yes.

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3. Put yourself out there.

Be visible, be present, and volunteer for new opportunities. Share your work and ideas with others. If your boss is asking for volunteers for a project, be the first to raise your hand. If there’s a white paper, project, article, video, or deadline your team needs help on, take the lead and take charge. It may feel like there’s a fine line between tooting your own horn and showing your value by working on prominent projects, but just remember that no one else is going to showcase your value better than you.

4. Don’t be afraid of a little hard work.

Are you feeling scared to work on a big account or afraid of failure? Don’t be. Ask if you can be a part of that big project. Don’t pass up an opportunity because you’re afraid, uncertain, or aren’t sure if you’re the best fit for the job. Take a risk, and have the confidence you need to succeed. Trust that you’ll be able to learn what you need to, and that the only way to grow is to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

5. Boost morale.

Ultimately, work isn’t just about you; it’s about your team. You can help make that team great, or you can sit back and not contribute. It might seem easy to avoid team lunches, to not plan events or take a coworker to happy hour for their birthday. But at the end of the day, aim to be someone who is a team player and wants to make others happy and to have a positive experience as well. Be someone who’s a core part of building up others along with yourself.

Make this your year to really go after what you want. Taking these steps worked for me to get the promotion I wanted, and to get on accounts and projects that I wanted. You can start shaping your job and shaping your career, and it all starts with the mentality that you will do it.

Ariel Kozicki

Ariel Kozicki is a Senior SEO Manager and lover of all things marketing. When she’s not tinkering with HTML, she enjoys writing blogs. A crazy cat lady at heart, she’ll frequently be found curled up with a good book and a furry friend. You might also find Ariel running on the beach or scouring the internet for plane tickets and her next adventure.


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