Asking for a promotion can be super scary.
Because you will be making it very clear and very public that you are ambitious, have career goals and are prepared to go for them.
This can feel and be very exposing.
This is your opportunity to showcase your skills and lay the foundation for career progression at your current employer.
Got for it!
And, to help you go for it, here is my tried and very personally tested advice for getting that promotion time and time again!
Be Clear On Your Ask
- Know which roles you are interested in
- Know how much money you want in the form of salary and incentives
- Know your why – why are you the right person to be promoted, what are your skills and what do you have to offer (have your sales pitch ready)
- Know what you want to achieve in the new role for your company, business area and yourself
- Know how you would achieve these things
- Also, have a list of any working arrangements that you need considered and accomodated in the new role (i.e.: work from home, start times, limits on travel, if any etc)
Know Who To Ask
In I’m Ready Now!
I wrote about how to identify and influence the key decision makers.
Make sure you know who can make decisions on promotion (this is not always your boss) and when they can make these decisions.
Know When to Ask
Ask for promotion when :
- You have already talked through your business case with your immediate boss and any key decision makers
- Achieved any action items that were asked for as part of your business case discussion
- Have held a discussion on the value you can bring to the new role
- You have spoken and gained advice from at least 30% of the leadership team you want to belong to, and
- Made your work visible to that leadership team
Other great times to ask are :
- when you’ve delivered a big win for your company
- when a new job becomes available due to a re-org
- when someone departs a role unexpectedly
What will you do if you get a YES?
Have a celebration plan in place and, have a business plan in place that you can pick up and run with in your new role.
Always make sure to celebrate a promotion (even it feels like something that should have happened ages ago) and appreciate yourself for the increase wealth, autonomy and freedom a new role will bring you both professionally and personally.
What will you do if you get a NO?
Have a ‘No’ plan in place and a timeframe for getting to YES already determined.
Don’t stay too long in a role going no where.
Only you can determine how long is ‘too long’.
By having a plan in place BEFORE your discussion you won’t get sidetracked by the knock to confidence that a NO can have.
This plan will increase your chances of keeping your career on track and seeing knock backs as bumps a long the road not road blocks
Now I’d love to hear from you!
What is the best tip you’ve ever received for getting ahead and getting that promotion ?
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