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Zania Sterling, installation-level winner for Ramstein Air Base, Germany, for the Air Force Youth of the Year competition, explains her group's answer puzzle question during a leadership discussion, June 24. Installation-level winners gathered from 51 Air Force bases from around the world in San Antonio June 22-26, 2015, for the YoY Youth Leadership Camp, run by partnership between Air Force Youth Programs and the Boys & Girls Club of America. The week-long event hosted leadership development and team-building exercises and offered participants the chance to connect with like-minded peers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Christian Michael/RELEASED)

When annual reviews are just around the corner, you may wonder if this is the year you will get the promotion you have been waiting for. It can feel like no matter how hard you work, promotions pass you by. There are some important things you can do to look forward to your next annual review by making yourself promotable.

Know Your Employer

Your employer has values, experiences, and set ideas that influence the choices they make and the people they promote. Find out what they value in an employee. You do not need to try to change who you are, or pretend you are someone you are not. Work to understand your boss more, and then you can demonstrate and discuss the skills you have that you know they are looking for. You can also focus on developing skills that are important to your employer.

Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

People high in emotional intelligence are promotable. Having emotional intelligence means you are effective at understanding your own emotions and the emotions of others, and you have effective strategies for managing emotions.

Increase your emotional intelligence by paying attention to your feelings. Notice what brings positive feelings and what dispels negative feelings. Find strategies for managing stress, and use them. Become more aware of what other people are feeling, but recognize that you are not responsible for what others are feeling. These strategies help you contribute positively to your work environment and your personal growth and make you more promotable.

Share Information

Promotable employees do not keep secrets about their work. When you learn something that works for you, share the information. Take opportunities to exchange helpful information with your co-workers. Be sure to demonstrate that your current position can be filled without too much of a struggle because you are willing and able to train a replacement. Employees who set themselves up as irreplaceable may find themselves stuck in their current role.

Show You Can Change

The work environment can change quickly. Adopt a willing and positive attitude when it comes to change. Companies need employees that will get behind new initiatives rather than getting in the way of change. Even when you do not agree with the changes, look for something positive that will benefit the company, and appreciate new skills you can learn that will benefit your position. Employees who embrace change are promotable.

Ask For A Promotion

Does your employer know what you want? Make sure you take the opportunity to let them know you are interested in a promotion. Communicate what you want in a respectful way. If there are skills you need to learn for the new position, offer a plan for acquiring them.

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