While having a strong performance at work certainly has benefits, it doesn’t always mean you’ll automatically be offered a promotion. Whether there are a limited number of positions on the next rung of the ladder or you haven’t caught the attention of management, there are things you can do to help increase your odds of taking the next step along your career path. Here are some tips to get you started.
Build Your Case
Just being great at your job isn’t always enough to help you land a promotion. Instead, you need to go the extra mile, and that typically involves putting forth additional effort to make your manager (and their manager) look good or to actively make their lives easier. This allows you to create a positive impression on the person (or people) who ultimately make the decision regarding whether you get a promotion, increasing your odds that they will think of you when an opportunity arises.
Gather the Evidence
If you have already been going above and beyond the call of duty, but it isn’t all in your manager’s purview, then it’s wise to compile strong examples from your time at the company that could justify a promotion. Often, supervisors and leaders in the organization and incredibly busy people, even more so if they manage large teams, so it is easy for your work to get lost in the fray, regardless of whether you are otherwise outstanding.
Take some time to review your recent projects and other work-related activities. Then, create a list of each accomplishment and any associated results, especially if they helped the company increase their profits or reduce their costs. Whenever possible, quantify the information, as this will make your care stronger.
Ask for a Promotion
After you build your case and compile your evidence, it may be time to actually request a promotion. This clearly establishes your interest in moving up in the company, giving your manager a critical piece of information, so sometimes being forward can work to your advantage, especially if you have been with the business for some time.
To present your case, schedule some time with your manager in advance. That way, you can guarantee you have their attention. Then, review your evidence with them and clearly state that you are interested in promotional opportunities.
While there is no guarantee that they will be able to promote you immediately, particularly if the number of available spots is limited, it at least starts the conversation. You also ask what else you need to do to be considered for a promotion, giving you a chance to receive valuable feedback that can help you reach your career goals.
Don’t be forceful in your request. Instead, express your enthusiasm about potentially making the next step, and see how our manager responds. Ultimately, you’ll learn something from the conversation, and that can be worth a lot in its own right.
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