I used to wait to be asked, now I ask to be promoted. This has taken a huge mental and skill shift to take this approach. Some people around you may say this lacks integrity but how is waiting to be ‘discovered’ and holding yourself back, lacking integrity ?
People who want a recording contract – perform, compete on a talent show, run YouTube channels and busk.
People wanting a promotion do not wait, they stand out and they ask.
Ask when promotion, new jobs and opportunities are available. If there is a lull in available jobs, practice the following skills and techniques to boost your chance of the being no. 1 pick when jobs do come up again.
Know your business case and know your ask and work on making this visible to the ‘powers that be’.
Be the Obvious Choice
The right role is the easiest role – apply for and show interest in the roles that most easily match your ambition, skill sets and connections.
Make your work visible and in demand (I will write more on this next month but for now, I have included some tips at the end of this post).
We want you!
Make your future leadership team and peers want you on their team!!
You know the ‘vibe’ is good when you start hearing things from senior management like:
“How do I find the right role for you, so you say yes”
“I NEED you on my team”
“We’re so glad you’re here”
“You’re wasted in that role, you should be doing XYZ role”
“They really have great THINGS to say about you”
Find someone to advocate for you who is on hiring and promotion panels. This person could be influential with a potential sponsor or may hire directly as well.
In a hiring decision, who will recommend you if asked to provide an opinion on you?
Find someone that you would like to work for and talk to them about your ambitions. Apply for roles working with them and keep yourself and your work visible to this potential sponsor.
Who wants you on their team right now?
Make your ambition visible and known to people who are influential with hiring managers but may not be in formal positions of power. Talk through your business case and pitch and ask them for advice. Ask for help to gain a promotion.
What role do people see you in next?
Increase your visibility through celebration!
Celebrate successes and draw people into your success.
Celebrate team successes frequently and invite advocates and sponsors to these events.
Create a winning vibe !
Repeat until you have it! (And then start working towards your next one!!)
Now I’d love to hear from you, how have you got a YES when you’ve asked for promotion ?
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