There are few things more nerve-wracking than asking your employer for a promotion. For one thing, we often imagine a promotion as something offered, not something given. For another, there doesn’t seem to be a professional or simple way to approach the subject.
Then, of course, there’s the question of whether your employer will say yes – and how you’ll recover if they don’t.
But these fears aren’t as grounded in truth as you probably think. Thousands of employees ask for promotions across the United States each year. Many of these requests are granted, and many others are declined for reasons unrelated to performance. Remember, your employer is running a business. Sometimes, the timing isn’t right.
If you don’t take the risk, you’ll miss the reward. So, here are three proven ways to ask your boss for a promotion:
Use Numbers and Achievements
When building your case for promotion, showcase your achievements. Yes, there’s a good chance your employer is already aware of your capabilities. But sometimes, even the best managers need a reminder.
Talk about your top five achievements and how they’ve improved the company. Discuss your strengths and what direction you’d like to take in your next role.
Throughout this conversation, avoid comparing yourself to your co-workers. You need to stand on your own merits. The fact that you’re the best worker isn’t going to be a good enough reason to promote you.
Think About Timing
There’s never a perfect time to ask for a promotion. Some employees choose to broach the subject during their annual or semi-annual review. During this review, your boss will already be prepared to discuss your career goals.
Other employees find themselves unwilling to wait. There’s nothing wrong with scheduling a separate appointment, but make sure you pay close attention to timing.
Consider your position within the company. What’s currently happening within your team or department? Are your co-workers getting promotions? Are there changes taking place throughout the company? If so, this might be the time to offer your assistance.
Although the temptation will persist, never tell your employer you have an offer from another company unless you actually do. There’s nothing more frustrating than an employee who preaches one minute about wanting to get involved, then threatens to jump ship when their wish isn’t granted.
You need to be dedicated enough to your company to say, “I’ll wait until the right time comes along.” Unless, of course, that time is clearly never going to come.
Our experienced representatives at The Patriot Group take pride in pairing experienced contractors with the right company. Contact our team for assistance in your ongoing search!