City : Career Elevator : How to get Promoted
What is a promotion?
A promotion basically means progressing upwards in your career - this could be working at a higher level, getting an increase in pay, or even moving into a new role within the company you are working for.
Getting a promotion is always good as it means all your hard work is showing. But if you want to achieve a promotion you'll need to be prepared and put the work in.
You can ask your manager or supervisor about what kind of things would make you eligible for a promotion – this might be meeting specific targets or showing particular skills in your current role. Make sure you understand how the company awards promotions so you know how to be successful!
Top tips for getting a promotion...
Know the process
It's important to know HOW you might achieve a promotion so that you know exactly what steps you need to take.
Your manager is likely to know how the process works so it's worth asking them about it! A few questions you might ask are:
Do I have to hand in a formal application?
Are there any specific performance reviews that have to be completed?
Who awards the promotion - is it my manager or someone higher up?
Know the timing
It is vital to know if there are deadlines for a promotion or any time restraints that affect whether you're eligible. For example, you may have had to work for your company for a set amount of time before you are eligible for any promotions.
If you're asking your manager about potential promotions, make sure to ask them about any deadlines or elibility requirements!
The best way to prove to your company that you deserve a promotion is to be specific about how you have been successful.
Where possible use numbers and facts to back up what you have done. Did you set up a new project at work? Did you make some impressive sales? Did you solve a difficult problem?
Being able to prove what you have done will make it easier for your employers to see your contribution to the company. Preparing objective reasons why you deserve a promotion also means you'll be ready with good answers if you're asked why you would like a promotion.
It's also wise to be specific about exactly what kind of promotion you want. To figure out what you'd like, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Are you going for a specific role and what does this role require? Can you prove you would succeed in this role?
- Can you think of a specific example of a skill that could prove you deserve a pay rise?
- Is your current role challenging enough for you or do you feel you could take on more responsibilities?
Think of the bigger picture
Over the past ten years some businesses have struggled through the recession whether they're a small company or a large multi-national company. Ongoing changes due to Brexit are also affecting how businesses are being run, and may affect whether your company are able to give any promotions.
When thinking of asking for a promotion it's important to consider the bigger picture - there may be a number of reasons why the company aren't offering a promotion no matter how good you are!
Keep updating your CV
Your CV should reflect your skills, what you have done in your current role, and how it relates to the job or position you are aiming for.
By keeping your CV up to date you'll have documented your skills and successes, which can be used to prove you'd deserve a promotion if the opportunity arises.
For more information on writing a good CV, check out the CV Power Station.
Be confident and don't give up
Make sure you stay enthusiastic even if your promotion doesn't happen immediately - it doesn't mean it won't ever happen! Stay hard-working, as this will show that you are willing to develop the company regardless of what bonuses you might be able to get!
It also pays to be confident and positive. If you don't believe in yourself then you won't be able to convince someone else that you deserve it, so have faith in yourself!
Remember that first time it may not be a full promotion, but an opportunity to support other teams or gain different skills that will enable you to move up the career ladder faster.