Guest Blog Post: 3 Surefire Ways to Get a Promotion at Work

Diary of a Sassy Black Woman

I’am an ordinary 24 year old Black girl living in a big city, I love numbers and no surprise I ended up an Accountant, I didn’t always know what I wanted to do when I grew up. I like politics, I’m a TV junkie and I love to read and I’m also private but here I’am baring my soul so this should be interesting….

This is the story of my life

I am like the mother of all procrastinators. So I decided something needed to change if I was ever going to get out of this funk. Step forward the birth of my search for how to be the best version of myself. This is where you all come in, as you are going to be my accountability system, and I in turn yours.

 Change is never easy

And it’s most certainly challenging, but if you’re not happy with where your career is, you have the power to change it. No more excuses, no more blaming other people for your decisions, or lack thereof, no more blaming your background; some of the most successful people have the toughest stories to tell, but the challenges that they experienced only served to give them a stronger backbone. It maybe your history but it doesn’t have to be the end of your story.

“Never say I could have done that. If you didn’t” – Karim Rashid


One of my biggest struggles has been finding my truth

Let me break it down so y’all don’t think I am crazy. Most of us are conditioned to fit into the perception of what the outside world tells us we are [from our parents, our friends, our professors, our bosses] and because of all that pressure, sometimes we lose sight of what it is we want and who we really are. It has taken me a while, to get attuned with who I really am, without the accolades, titles, material possessions, though if someone gifts me a pair of Jimmy Choos I will take them – hey.

Get in touch with the inner you

Are you in it for the work or for the title? I’ve been guilty of wanting the title but not been willing to do the work, this just left me frustrated because I thought I should be further along than I was, but who’s going to promote anyone that they can’t trust will put in the necessary work?

In order to progress in life we must be whole

Every aspect of you plays a role in how well you can function at work. It is going to be that much harder being able to concentrate if you’re hungover [I can’t be the only one who indulges on a Girls Night Out] or are involved in nightly spats with the boyf, come on now.

Surround yourself with people that believe in your career vision; needless to say you need to have a career vision that you can believe in otherwise you’ll give up and be half hearted about your endeavours.

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”– Harriet Tubman

GO Getters 3 Surefire Ways to Get a Promotion at Work

1. Show up

Work is pretty different from school. I got through my undergrad with very little effort and unfortunately I took that mentality with me to work. Honey, that doesn’t cut it. You have to show up, every single day (no you don’t get to have excused absences, or turn your assignments in late and expect to get a pass, even when you have reasons that seem legitimate to you).

To get that promotion

Some days you are going to have to stay late at work when you would rather be home doing anything but for no reason other than it needs to be done, because the truth is honey, there are tons of resumes that get submitted to HR everyday with people that have the same qualifications as you, or even higher that could replace you at the flick of a finger.

You need to be able to set yourself apart from the pack, heart is the one thing they don’t teach in school. Once your heart is in something, going the extra mile will not seem as daunting.

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“90% of success is just showing up.” – Woody Allen

2. Be prepared

It’s no good showing up ill prepared. We get our face beat to walk out the door and go to the grocery store, okay not all of us but you catch my drift, the least you can do is prepare for your interview, test, presentation or whatever it is you’re striving for.

It’s a good reflection on your commitment to whatever it is you are engaging in. Know what is expected of you, and make yourself an asset as best you can, lighten your supervisors work load by offering to take on more slack, but try not to over extend yourself, you want to be efficient not bogged down.

To get that promotion

Dress for the position you aspire for. Daily. I have learned that you have to have the mindset of a winner before you can win, find someone that you look up to and mimic the positive vibes they exude, because honestly sometimes you will have to fake it before you make it.

Progressive people are almost always in the spotlight to some degree–be prepared for a level of attention that you probably haven’t received before, and embrace it.

Introduce yourself to people on the same path as you, no use hanging around your past. Quite frankly, anything that is not propelling you towards your destiny is keeping you from it.

3. Manage your time

The better you are with your time management, the more efficient you’ll be; the more efficient you are, the more managers will notice and subsequently the higher you’ll rise

  • The more authority you hold
  • The more responsibility will be piled on you
  • The quicker you’ll have to make decisions
  • The more questions you’ll receive through the day
  • The bigger the expectation that you will meet your goals while managing others

When extra repsonsibility comes your way don’t shy away from it.

To get that promotion

Have a compulsory to-do list that you have to get done before you clock out.

You can’t do everything. Delegate some responsibilities, this not only frees you up, but also illustrates that you can lead others and work in a team framework.

Make time for important tasks. I like me some ratchet TV but I can’t spend 6 hours every week cooped up on my couch.

Everyone has 24 hours. How are you spending yours?

Be honest with yourself, are there activities you can afford to give up or cut back on? Is there a class you can enroll in to be improve your craft?  These can all be hard questions but we’re not going to see any changes let alone promotions in our life if we keep doing the things we have always done.

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I’ve gone back to read Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” several times to empower myself whenever I slip up – as we all do. When that happens rise up and dust your crown honey, and place it right back up and try again. As long as you get up, that is all that counts, the slip ups are part of the process.

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  1. exactly what I needed girl thanks a lot for this i bookmarked it. Andrea

  2. Tiffanie says:

    I absolutely love this lady thank you for the accountability, I am taking notes 😉 tbh it’s refreshing to hear from someone else at the same stage of life as me. I would describe myself as career driven yet I have been struggling with finding myself as well I am also working in finance. Pls post more.

    • SassyBCG says:

      Hi Tiffanie,
      I am glad you liked it. I wholeheartedly understand the struggle that is why I thought blogging about it would be great. we can all share the dos and don’ts in the different fields we are in and build ourselves up to become more wholesome in every aspect.
      Working on the next post. And thanks for the support.

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