Category: Raising your Profile & Reputation

Top tips to get a promotion at work

A promotion won’t just fall into your lap. If you want to climb up the career ladder, you need to be proactive.

Want to get a promotion? A positive relationship with your boss is a valuable asset. 

“Anything is possible it’s just hard work and grafting,” Mo Farah.

That attitude might get you a double Olympic gold but will it get you promoted at work? Probably not. Too many people think that doing a good job is all they need to get a promotion or an exciting new assignment, but it’s unlikely to be enough. Here are some tips to make sure your grafting isn’t wasted.

Know your goal

The biggest misconception about promotions is that they naturally occur with time. It’s not enough to think you deserve one; you must understand and clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements. Also, do you want a promotion within your current job or are you looking for a position elsewhere? Be clear on what you want from the offset so you can take the right action to help you get there.

Get your boss on your side

If you are aiming for an internal promotion you need to get your boss on your side. Schedule a one to one review meeting and let him/her know that you want to find out how you can be more effective at work.

Seek honest feedback from your manager on how you match up to higher levels within your company. You may need to learn to take a more strategic rather than tactical view of your organisation. Too many people only see their organisation through the view of their own department or profession. Look broader into IT, marketing and do some competitor analysis.

Help your boss

Set up a meeting with your boss to find out more about their objectives, so you can focus on helping him or her be successful. Volunteer to stay late if an urgent task needs completing – it demonstrates commitment to the job.


You can help your boss by anticipating what they will need. While Fran’s boss was on holiday a new project request came in, with a deadline just two days after her boss’s return. She collected relevant research and made suggestions for how to work on this. Her boss was very impressed and Fran was taken along to the meeting and was involved in developing future project proposals.

Keep your boss informed

Our bosses are often unaware of the mini successes we have in our jobs each week, so make sure you document them and send your boss a summary each month. If you have people who work for you, give your boss an update on their successes as well. Make sure you are on LinkedIn and start to get recommendations from your boss and the people you work with.

Demonstrate commitment to your own professional development

What courses could you take to increase your knowledge/experience? It doesn’t have to be a masters level qualification, a short course may be useful. Make sure people within your organisation know when you have qualified. I was featured in my company newspaper after gaining an Open University degree part time alongside my full time job.

Identify trends and look out for new opportunities

In a competitive world your organisation will be seeking new projects, so if you notice a gap in the market make sure to let people know. You can produce an internal white paper based on research you have undertaken. Make sure your name gets known by including your name on the cover and some brief bio data at the end.

Look the part

If everyone else dresses casually you will stand out through being a bit smarter. Sound advice is to dress as if you are doing the job the level above, it helps others to visualise you in a different role. This also can help to increase our confidence, it makes us feel better and thus act better.

Get known

Offer to write for the company magazine. Doing so will mean you’ll be seen by many people within the company. Get chatting to people from other parts of the organisation and find out about their work and challenges. You never know when this will prove useful, and there is often a need for cross functional project teams, the more you are known the more likely your name will be suggested.

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If you are a chef seeking a job, you can make a portfolio that can help you showcase your talent, promote your services or restaurant, find a position, and build an on-line presence.

A portfolio will provide a central hub for information about you, your experience, your menus, recipes, awards, certifications, services you offer, and other pertinent information relating to your career as a chef. Learn how to make a portfolio to make your career management simpler and easier for others to find you.

Think about the reasons why you are making a portfolio.

Are you trying to raise your profile so the right opportunities come your way? Are you trying to promote your restaurant? Are you trying to promote your catering business? This will shape how the portfolio comes together.

Take a photo of yourself and plenty of pictures of your food. These should be high-quality photos that make you and your food shine.

Get copies of any menus you have designed. You will need to scan the menus page by page so they are in a digital format and can be used on your website.

Gather all the recipes you have developed. These can be recipes you created while in school or created for one of your signature menus. Your recipes will speak volumes about your cooking style and experience.

Look at your cv. You don’t necessarily want to list your experience online exactly like this. However, you do need to keep track of the jobs you’ve worked because you will need to list them on your culinary portfolio.

Write an autobiographic page that details who you are and what your style and philosophies are. This is a vital piece of your portfolio

Write detailed information about the services you offer, so that employers will know what you are available for. This is a particularly important step if you are a chef looking for catering or private chef jobs.

Contact past clients and colleagues to get references to give to future employers/customers.

Gather proof of any awards and certifications you have received. This can increase your marketability to potential customers.

Include your contact information on the website to enable potential employers and customers to reach you.

If you feel totally overwhelmed by this process we offer a profile building service.

Standard * Membership

Builds your profile and keeps it up to date.

Upgrade ** Membership

Also builds profiles across the Internet to ensure you can be found.

Premium *** Membership

Promotes you across social networks and generates PR for you and your Cooking.

For more information contact or call the Connections Companies 01827 897665

Are you a chef with a profile? Have you got a page where you share photos, recipes, stories, techniques and more see how.. Jamie Oliver

Your online profile & reputation can be managed by people like us (The Connections Companies arm “Get Better connected)”, and it will be  influenced by the things you do and say, but it can never be designed or decided upon by you. Reputation is earned. Good & Bad

Do you have Personal Reputation Awareness?

1drunk eyes. You Are Your Network

Who holds images and stories about you in your network. You may have locked down your security but has your spouse, siblings, friends, or your children?

Imagine this!…The family BBQ got out of hand and those Drunk snaps were posted socially.

If you want to manage privacy, reputation, and your security, you have to think about those around you — especially those who are not as capable with technology or social media as you or who don’t understand the implications of “putting you out there” on your reputation

2. Get your Profile Managed by a professional if you can’t or won’t do it yourself!

Who are your network and what do they know about you

Who are your network and what do they know about you

Although it’s a good idea to ask your network friends, family and colleagues to take down their content about you, it is more sensible for you to be the source of information about yourself appearing on Google and other major search engines. Accepting your reputation can be damaged easily by others and living it with it while you Force  that embarrassing party photo down in the search rank  over time.

We will become less shocked and more ambivalent over time to  goings on socially and what gets posted online.

Managing your reputation isn’t straight forward, however you can have more control than you once thought. In the process it  is incredibly important that we educate our friends, colleagues and families to understand the implications of sharing private images and thoughts without adequate security or privacy.

For more information on Professional Profile management contact

At the Connections Companies we have invested time and money into developing our knowledge and skills in, understanding new media.

Penny Scambler has been recruiting for 25 years; and during this quarter century of working closely, and often exclusively, with a range of organisations, within and outside of hospitality, some small high value, others reaching the masses. She has seen technology evolve and streamline recruitment practice.

The latest business process to be re-engineered is marketing, branding and communication.

What has this got to do with recruitment you may ask?

Successful brands with recognisable identity attract more people to their organisation. Customers employees and now ‘cyber noise’ (I hope I’m not loosing you at this point.) Traditional, tried, tested and trusted methods of advertising and marketing seem easier to understand because of our direct experiences.

So social media may seem alien to you, but it  has become what Penny and her team do every day. They have adapted their operation systems and operating style to embrace the online media channels to reach a more targeted audience.

This form of networking is reactive and merging rapidly into traditional forms of engagement. The phone still rings, but not as often. You’re inbox is mainly spam. The postman only delivers utility bills.

Everything is online and your phone is buzzing constantly with alerts, everything is HOT HOT HOT!!

So being social media literate or knowing someone who is becoming increasingly important. Keep on top of the change!

For more information on outsourcing your social recruitment to the Connections Companies; contact Penny Scambler – MD

Tel: 01827 897 665


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