How to Ask for a Promotion

How to Ask for a Promotion

One of the most important aspects of our professional lives is advancement and evolution. It’s easy to see why, we all strive for more, in this case more benefits, more money, more responsibilities and more respect.

That being said, a promotion is constantly on the minds of all workers, regardless of the field that they are in, however it does not simply land in your lap, you have to work and fight for it, but before that you have to make the first move.

So, let's find out exactly how to ask for a promotion.

Make Others Notice You


The very first step that you will have to take in order to move up the ladder is to make your presence felt by the entire company, and it’s not exactly hard to begin with.

Be as sociable and approachable as you can be, use every opportunity to meet everyone at work and learn as much as you can about them, while at the same time making them feel comfortable and safe around you.

Cover Your Own Back


It goes without saying that the quality of your work is of paramount importance, and when the time comes to make a case about getting promoted, the last thing you want is to have mistakes used against you.

The best thing that you can do in this case is to be very careful when it comes to your work, constantly trying to improve, build up speed and increase the quality while at the same tine avoiding compromises or mistakes.

Win Your Peers Over


Promotions are in part popularity contests, and becoming popular amongst your peers will help you in a lot more ways that you think.

Motivate your colleagues, lift their spirit, improve their morale, inspire them and generally be their leader regardless of the situation as well as joining them in any activities that they might undertake.

Impress Your Bosses


This is the second part of the popularity contest, because you will have to earn the trust and respect of your bosses.

This can be done in a lot of ways however the best way, and at the same time the fastest way, to achieve this is to get involved directly with responsibilities that are a lot closer to their stations and positions while at the same time showing them that you are not afraid to take them on.

Be Bold, Be Fearless


When the time comes and a higher position opens up, you will have to do the very thing that you were preparing to do in the first place, ask for a promotion.

This is as straightforward as it can get, you’ll have to take a deep breath, walk confidently up to your boss, look him in the eye and ask to be promoted based on your merits, your experience and the quality of your work.

As long as you’ve made the proper preparations, have earned the respect of your peers and your superiors, have your back covered and have the confidence that you need, you can achieve great things.

Remember that you will still have to wait for a position to open up, but as long as you use that time wisely, preparing the field and carving your path to promotion, you will have no problem walking up to your boss and asking him for a promotion.

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