Looking to be Promoted to Shift Leader? 5 Ways to Demonstrate You're Ready for the Next Step

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looking-to-be-promoted-as-shift-leader-5-ways-to-demonstrate-youre-ready-for-the-next-stepAt some point in your professional life, you are going to want a promotion. Advancing up the ladder at your company is going to become a viable goal, one that you’ll want to achieve sooner rather than later. How can you make your goal a reality? Getting promoted requires you to demonstrate your value to your management team. 

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Liberty Staffing offers general labour, warehouse, and some office work in temporary, temporary to permanent, and permanent positions. We want all of our employees to succeed in their roles. Here are five ways to help make a promotion happen. 

Embrace Professionalism

Want to stand out? Be a professional. At the very least, you need to match the professionalism of your workplace. But if you really want to stand out, go even further. Show up on time, use professional language when interacting with coworkers and managers, and always complete all of your workplace tasks. 

Professionals don’t blame others for their mistakes or find excuses for their failures. If you make a mistake, own up to it and make it right — your supervisors will take note of how you handle mistakes! 

Seek Out More Responsibility

What could you be doing at work that you’re not currently doing? What are the options within your job description that are not yet getting taken care of? Are there things you could do to show that you are ready for more responsibility? 

Being responsible for the small things often leads to more opportunities to be responsible for bigger things. You can even go to management and ask for more responsibility. Initiative gets noticed! 

Mentor Others

You don’t have to be in an official mentoring position to serve as a mentor. In the workplace, mentors are people who help less experienced coworkers set and meet their professional goals. When you mentor newer team members, it improves retention and productivity. It also shows that you are committed to the success of your workplace. 

A huge bonus: when you earn your promotion, it ensures that you already have a great relationship with many of the people who will be reporting to you! 

Set and Achieve Goals

Goal setting isn’t just for the people you’re mentoring. You can set your own goals, too! 

Think about your short and long term goals. Put them on paper or save them in a file on your computer because writing them down makes them feel more real. It also forces you to think and reflect on what you want to achieve. 

Goal setting keeps you on track for growth in the workplace, and like the other things on our list, it helps you stand out and capture the attention of your supervisors in all the best ways. 


Demanding a promotion may be a common trope in movies and TV, but it’s not a strategy we recommend. That said, communicating your interest politely in advance is always a good idea. Sometimes, management doesn’t even realize that one of their best employees would be interested in a supervisor opening! That is especially true in larger companies with lots of employees. 

There are a few ways to go about this, and the strategy you choose depends on your company culture. Sometimes, sending an email is all that it takes, but other companies would prefer that you ask for a sit down meeting to talk with your manager about your goals. Still, other companies would be fine with an informal chat while you are on the floor. 

Regardless of the method you choose, speaking up and sharing your interest in moving up in the company is always a commendable choice. 

Want a Job Where You Can Climb the Ladder?

Liberty Staffing connects great people with great jobs. If you’re looking for your next job — one where you’ll have lots of management opportunities — let’s talk

We’re ready to help you take those next steps in your career, whether that is finding a new job, switching to a new career path, or getting hired in a management position.


Megan Lacombe

Megan is a Media Communications professional at Liberty Staffing. She has experience working as a Freelance Writer for a variety of companies online. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, running, and kayaking. An avid reader, she reads anything, anywhere. She puts creativity and passion into everything that she does. Her favourite quote is “Create the things you wish existed” by Anonymous.

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