President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
Asking for a promotion can be a significant move for your career. It can also be the most nerve-racking! The whole idea of approaching your boss can be very intimidating and can cause high-anxiety. However, asking for a promotion is part of moving up the “corporate ladder.” So why not learn how to successfully tackle the topic to move on up?!
First, research and prepare! Go as far back as your first day on the job and list all of the things you’ve brought to the table. Emphasize all of your accomplishments and contributions. It can be something as simple as implementing a new filing system to boost operational efficiency. Or, it can be something as big as implementing new sales strategies that brought in new clientele and increased company revenue. Make sure you have quantitative proof of your achievements. It’s always best to show rather than just say.
Next, study the position. Know it inside and out. Familiarize yourself with the duties. Make sure you understand what is asked of the candidate in that position. Grasping what they seek will help you pull pertinent examples from your experience and prove why you are the ideal candidate for the job.
Furthermore, never compare yourself to your colleagues. For starters, it is definitely not a good look. You describing to your boss on how much better you are than John Doe makes you come across as a whiny child. It also makes you seem as if you are not a team player, which is a necessary quality needed in the workforce. Secondly, it’s just not a motivating reason to warrant a promotion.
Finally, remember to make your promotion speech about the company. Yes, as explained above, you want to highlight your significant accomplishments and contributions. But, you want to ensure you emphasize how they specifically benefited the company and its operations. Additionally, explain how being promoted to this new position will afford you and bigger platform to do much more.
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