How to ask for a promotion

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Asking for a promotion can be scary, especially if you’re unsure how your manager will react. However, the biggest mistake you could make in your career is not asking, employers appreciate initiative and drive in their employees and as long as you plan it right, asking for a promotion can be positive and rewarding experience.

If you want your employer to give you a promotion you’re essentially asking them to provide you with more responsibility. From the moment you ask you need to be able to prove to them that you can do this by being prepared beforehand. Here are some tips:

  • Plan what you want to ask – whether this is at your annual review or by asking for a separate meeting. Make sure you alert your manager that you would like to discuss your progress and future within the company so that they have time to prepare, too.
  • Produce a record of every achievement which will strengthen your argument for why you deserve a promotion and be prepared to explain how you go over and beyond what’s expected of you.
  • Write down why you would be suited to the job, what qualities and skills you have and how you intend on tackling the role if you got the job.
  • Make sure you understand the business and where it’s heading. You can do this by spending some time with other teams in the company and finding out what their development plans are. By doing this, you’re showing your employer that you’re beginning to think like a senior member of staff.
  • Know what you’re worth to the company; free services such as PayScale and com can give you an idea of what you should be earning based on your experience, skills and location.

Make sure you want the job

Sometimes the idea of a promotion is better than the job itself. Make sure you’re happy with where you’re working, that you feel valued and that they’re supporting your progression. It is easy to fall into the trap that a promotion or pay rise will make you happier in your job, but sometimes the solution is simply that you need to move on to a new role in another company.

Don’t be disheartened

If you don’t get the promotion, find out why. It could be due to staff shortages in your current area, lack of budget for you in that department, salary freezes or even something that you need to improve on first. Make sure you understand why you’re not being promoted so that you can work on those areas; there may be another opportunity in the future to step into a higher role – so don’t give up hope.

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