Many women in the workforce find it difficult to go after what they really want because they fear being assertive in the workplace will make them appear confrontational or hard to work with. In reality, the opposite is true: women who speak up for what they want are typically more successful than those who don’t, and if you’re stuck in a job rut or are thinking about asking for a promotion, it’s high time you did something about it!

It can be tricky to know where to start, but fortunately there are some simple tips on how to go after a work-related goal. With a good plan and a little positive energy, you can do just that. Here are the best ways to begin.

1. Be Invaluable

If you feel you have more to offer your company than what your position currently allows, make yourself invaluable to your boss and show him or her what you’re capable of. Set yourself apart from your coworkers by showing up early, staying late when necessary, and staying one step ahead of your boss to ensure they always look good for their boss. These are great habits to create especially for millennial business women.

If you have more to offer than what your position allows, show your boss what you’re truly capable of.

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2. Dress for Success

Your wardrobe says a lot about you, but it can also give you a boost of confidence when done right. Depending on your job, you’ll want to choose clothing that makes you feel like your best self while still following workplace guidelines. Every woman needs a perfect power suit that fits like a glove.

3. Follow Your Passion

If you have passion for your job, it will show in your performance – which can only be advantageous. Feel like you’re in a rut in your current position? Take a risk and go for the job you really want or start your own business. Or, if you’re interested in moving up within your company, take all the best traits of an entrepreneur and apply them to the work you do for your employer. What does that look like? Present new and exciting ideas whenever possible. Lead even when you aren’t being asked to do so. Get creative.

4. Be Bold

When your boss inevitably notices your hard work and comments on it, don’t shrug it off. Instead of saying a simple, “Thanks,” say, “Thank you for noticing.” This gets the point across that you’re giving it your all every day and that they should keep their eye on you.

Take a risk and go for the job you really want, or start your own business.

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5. Be Professional

Your professional business manner at work will get you noticed in the best possible way. Dress, speak and act like a leader and don’t let setbacks or bad days shake you. Being courteous and professional will give you a great reputation as someone everyone wants to work with and that can only work in your favor.

If and when you do receive a job offer you’ve been coveting, keep that air of professionalism during and after receiving your proposal. Unfortunately, many women don’t take the opportunity to negotiate when they get an offer they’re excited about for fear of being seen as pushy or demanding. But don’t let this way of thinking prevent you from earning the salary and benefits you deserve. Remember, you were offered this new opportunity because of your hard work and determination, so you should feel confident in negotiating toward the best possible outcome for you, including a competitive salary, the same paid time off others in your position receive, and, in some cases, the option to work remotely when needed.

About the author

Gloria Martinez

Gloria Martinez

Gloria Martinez runs WomenLed.org, which celebrates women’s achievements in the workplace and beyond. She believes that while women have made many advancements toward “shattering the glass ceiling,” there is still much to be done. It is her aim to help increase the number of women-led businesses by educating others about the topic.

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