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"How Do I Ask My Boss For A Promotion?" - Ask Me Anything

"How Do I Ask My Boss For A Promotion?" - Ask Me Anything

If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get

If you are looking for a promotion you need to be able to prove that you deserve to take that next step of your career. In an ideal world your manager would appraise your work regularly and let you know when they feel you are ready for that promotion, but that isn't always how it works. You need to demonstrate that you are in charge of your own self development and you need to be proactive in securing your own promotion. 

So where are you supposed to begin?

Firstly, you need to stop tell everyone in the office you're ready for bigger and better things before you even sit down for an initial conversation with your manager. Although tempting, don't let your manager be the last one to know. 

Arrange A Sit Down Meeting

Arrange a Sit Down

Hopefully, you will have regular one to ones so you can tie this conversation into your next meeting but if you don't then you need to be speaking with your line manager and setting up a time/date when you can sit down privately to discuss your progression plan.

In the sit down meeting you should be expressing your interest in new opportunities and showing your willingness to take on new challenges. However, don't expect too much. It would be brilliant if your manager turned round and offered you a better job then and there but it is more likely that they are going to give you the steps you need to take to make it happen.

Take On Feedback and Prove Performance

Take On Feedback and Prove Performance

To get a promotion you need to show you can take on board feedback and demonstrate that you can action it. You need to take charge of your own development and be logging your own performance. Don't just rely on your manager to track your KPI's. Instead make a simple log of your weekly achievements, any feedback you have been given from other colleagues or management and have evidence to demonstrate how you're improving. 

Get Yourself Notice For All The Right Reason

Get Yourself Noticed for all the Right Reasons

When going for a promotion, it is a good idea for more than just your office bestie to realise how great you are at your job. The best way to do this is to network around the office and try and get involved in projects or committees. By doing this you are expanding your network but you are also then able to ask those people for feedback on your work and be able to gather references from them. The more people who can see you achieving in your role, the more likely your manager and the decision makers will realise this too.

Getting a promotion is all about being proactive and being focused on enhancing your own career. Remember to read my blog on How to Get Yourself a Promotion for more guidance on the sit down meeting and how you can be gathering information that will make it hard for your employer to say no to your promotion. 
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