You want to move up in your career, but are you sure that you've proved that to your manager? If you want to take on more responsibility, and–let's face it–make more money, you're going to need to do more than just show up. It's above proving you're ready to lead and that your manager can trust you to take care of business. Here's how to do it.

1. Volunteer to Take the Lead

When your manager is looking for someone to take on a bit more than the average employee, make sure it's you who's waving your hand in the air. Like you care.

Of course, you can't just offer to take the lead: You also need to follow through and take responsibility if things aren't perfect. It's the only way to show not only that you want to lead, but you're ready for all the stuff that comes along with leading.

2. Solve Customer Conflicts

Customers pay your wage, so it helps to be super-helpful to them. When a customer has an issue, don't cry for your manager: Take care of it then and there so your boss knows that you can handle yourself with the most important component of the company.

3. Take on Your Manager's Work

Want to know the two most amazing words a manager can ever hear? "It's done."

One of the best ways to prove that you're ready to be promoted is to make your manager's job easier. Even if it's something small like helping out a new employee or making sure workstations are organized, it's one less thing your boss has to worry about and one more reason why you're awesome.

4. Quantify Your Worth

Whenever possible, quantify your worth so your manager can see just how valuable you are to the company. Don't just tell her that your new project management system saves time, quantify exactly how much time you save. Don't just estimate how many shifts you picked up for other employees, track your hours for sure. When it's time to consider promotions, you'll have some hard numbers to show your manager.

5. Make Your Manager Aware

If you got glossed over for a promotion (and it went to Hank, who you hate) it might not necessarily be because Hank's a better employee. He might have just let your manager know that he was ready to be promoted.

If your boss thinks you're fine where you are, he might not think to boost you through the ranks. Your best bet? Tell your manager that you want a promotion and you'd like to stay with the company. That kind of loyalty speaks volumes, and next time, you'll totally beat Hank.

By Jae — Tattoo Critic