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How to get promoted: Reading Answers

IELTS General Test – Passage 19: How to get promoted reading with answers explanation, location and pdf. This reading paragraph has been taken from our huge collection of Academic & General Training (GT) Reading practice test PDF’s.

How to get promoted

If you’re sitting at your desk wondering whether this will be the year you finally get promoted, here are some tips.

It starts with you. You are perhaps the most important part in the ‘promotion process’, so you need to know what you want – and why you want it. Take an honest look at yourself – your achievements and also your skills, particularly those you could exploit to take on a different role.

Your boss is the gatekeeper. If you think your boss is likely to be on your side, ask for a meeting to discuss your serious commitment to the organisation and how this could translate into a more defined career plan. If you are less sure about your boss’s view of your prospects and how they may react, start softly with a more deliberate focus on increasing your boss’s understanding of the work you do and the added value you deliver.

Think about how you are perceived at work. In order for you to get your promotion, who needs to know about you? Who would be on the interview panel and whose opinion and input would they seek? And once you’ve got a list of people to impress, ask yourself – do they know enough about you? And I mean really know – what you do day to day at your desk, your contribution to the team, and perhaps most importantly, your potential.

The chances are that those decision-makers won’t know all they should about you. Raising your profile in your organisation is critical so that when those in charge start looking at that empty office and considering how best to fill it, the first name that pops into their heads is yours. If your firm has a newsletter, volunteer to write a feature to include in it. If they arrange regular client events, get involved in the organisation of them. And so on.

If you think your experience needs enhancing, then look at ways you can continue to improve it. If you are confident in your professional expertise but lack the latest management theory, enrol on some relevant courses that fit around your day job.

So what are you waiting for?

Questions 21-27

Complete the notes below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 21-27 on your answer sheet.

Steps to take to achieve a promotion

●   First step: examine past successes and any 21……………… that would help gain promotion

●   Set up a meeting with your boss to talk about:

      –  how best to use your high level of 22……………… in future

      –  or how much extra 23………………. you already bring to the company

●   Focus on the important people in the company:

     –  find out which ones will be members of the 24……………… who decide on the promotion

     –  consider how much they are aware of your 25……………… for the future

●   Take steps to raise your profile by:

      –  offering to create a feature for a company publication

      –  participating in the 26……………… of events for customers

●   Work on self-development:

      –  take any 27………………. that fill in gaps in knowledge

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Answers with Explanation

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21   skills

22   commitment

23   value

24   panel

25   potential

26   organisation / organization

27   courses

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