16 May How to ask for that promotion

A promotion is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? Of course, it’s a gear-change in your job and a possible pay rise. But it’s more than that: It’s an acknowledgement of your work and skills. It’s a sign of appreciation. And it’s a positive pivot in your life.

You’re hoping to progress, you’ve put the work in, but for many the hardest part is in the asking itself. Where do you start?

1 – Research

First up, and often overlooked, is to do some research before asking.

Does your company promote regularly? Is it promoting a specific position? And what do they look for in staff they promote?

And ask yourself what you want: What would your dream promotion be? What could you bring to this new role? And do you want to move across (to another department) or simply upwards?

If an opening isn’t immediately available, don’t despair: Ask for more responsibilities. Check in with your boss or HR manager and let them know what you’ve been working on. And let people know how you’ve improved.

Speaking of which…

2- Prepare what you’ll say

Have you recently upskilled? Have you been doing more at work lately? Have you been doing something new?

Self-promotion is often seen as vulgar or inappropriate, but it can be done subtly. Prepare for the meeting by listing your accomplishments and skills, so you’re ready when your boss starts asking questions. Any numbers you can cite would help (improved efficiency, sales numbers, site traffic, and so on).

3- Learn how to ask

Firstly, knowing when to ask is important: The best time would be during evaluations such as a performance review. During a time of upheaval or change in the company is also a good time to ask – when people around you are moving on or changing positions.

Look into what’s entailed in the promoted position and outline the relevant skills and training you have. This is especially important if you’ve recently upskilled.

Identify clearly the added responsibilities or the position you would like and ask politely, strongly and clearly. Rehearse if you have to!

4- Be graceful and patient

If you’ve been unsuccessful this time around, treat it as an opportunity to ask follow-on questions: Why didn’t it happen? Can you ask again another time? Is there any feedback available?

If you’re unqualified or inexperienced, look into how to address that.

And finally: Promotions are a wonderful thing. If you want it and you feel you’re ready, don’t be afraid to bring it up: There’s every chance that your employer will respect your initiative and ambition.

Best of luck!