How to get promoted this year?

Thanks to changes in government, the economy, and technology, this year is going to be a big year for the United States. And if you play your cards right, it could be a big year for you, as well.

"While you're making your New Year's resolutions to go to the gym, eat healthier, and meditate more, add 'rise up at work' to the list," says Monster contributor Elana Lyn Gross.

To move up the corporate ladder this year, you'll need to leverage your annual review -- whether it takes place at the beginning of the year, the middle of the year, or the end of the year.

"The most opportune time to get a promotion (other than when you get a new job) is during your annual review," Gross says. "In fact, at many companies, the only time of year that employees are eligible for a raise and promotion is during their annual review. The pressure is on and the stakes are high, so you'll want to go into it as prepared as possible."

One of the best ways to exploit your annual review to get a promotion is to create a "brag sheet."

"Preparing for the review should be a year-long process of you continuously tracking and monitoring your skill development and goal achievements as they happen," Larissa Holmes, vice president of customer development at the Toronto-based performance review software company WIRL, tells Gross. "It has been proven that tracking your goals helps motivate you to actually accomplish them, generally contributing to personal development … As an added bonus, leadership will likely be impressed by your initiative and take that into consideration in their review."

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