Today we are shifting focus from “How to get a job” to “how to retain a job and move up the
When it comes to promotions, there are things you can do to increase your chances. First, do
your research and know what the next level up would entail and what qualifications and
experience you would need.
Second, always discuss your career goals with your boss early in your employment. Finally, be
ready to showcase your successes and how you have positively impacted your job and the company as a whole.
Here are some steps to improve your chance of getting the promotion you desire.
1. SELF EVALUATION – You’ve been in your role for a while now, but before you go asking for a
raise and a new title, you need to make sure you are actually ready for it. For example: Are
you meeting or exceeding the expectations of your current role? Is there a clear career path
to the next level? Have you been in your role long enough? Do you have the necessary skills
and experience for the next level?
2. TAKE STOCK – When asking for a promotion, what you have accomplished at your current
job will come in handy. This means taking a step back and looking at both your big and small
wins over the course of your time with the company. Such as leading successful projects,
performance highlights, personal development, strong relationships with co-workers, KPIs,
positive reviews from clients etc.
These accomplishments are proof that you are an asset to the company and deserving of a
3. MAKE THEM A PROMISE – You need to have a good idea of what added “value” you plan
to deliver and your planned accomplishment in your new position. This will be your guide
when you go to speak to your boss or HR and will help you to make your case for why you
deserve the position.
*What additional responsibilities, tasks or projects would you like to take on?
*How would you handle a larger workload?
*What salary or added benefits would you be expecting?
4. PICK THE PERFECT TIME – Timing is key in ensuring a productive conversation.
Firstly, schedule a meeting with your boss at a time when they’re not swamped with work, no
company crises, and more importantly when they are pleased with you for a job well done.
Secondly, come prepared with a list of your recent accomplishments and how they’ve
benefited the company. Finally, be clear about your goals and how a promotion would help you to achieve them. Your boss is likely to be impressed by your confidence and understanding of what you bring to the table and where you see yourself in the company’s long-term success.
5. BE SPECIFIC- The best way to ask for a promotion is to be specific about what you want
and backup your claims with examples and be ready to answer any questions they may
If you are promised a promotion, make sure to get it in writing so that you have
documentation to support your case when needed and in case you need to reference them
Asking for a promotion can be a difficult process, but if you are prepared and confident in
your abilities, you are more likely to get the promotion you deserve.
By Helen Ochoga | PHOTO: www.online.usc.edu