4 Expert Tips on How and When to Ask for a Promotion
Do you feel like you deserve more responsibility in your office along with a bigger paycheck? If you wait for someone to offer you a promotion you may be waiting a long time. If you really want to prove your worth it may be time to talk to your boss about the possibility of taking on more and getting a raise. So, how do you ask for a promotion without making the wrong impression? The good news: it’s actually easier than you think!
- Understand the timing. While there is no “good time” to ask for a promotion, there are bad times. For example, if you’ve only been employed with the company for a few months you should probably wait to get more experience under your belt before coming to your boss with a proposal.
- Don’t make it about money. While a promotion often goes hand in hand with a higher salary, if you focus too much on money your request may backfire. Instead, put together a proposal regarding the promotion that you want and the additional duties you can perform. After you’ve discussed all the possibilities with your boss you can bring up salary.
- Recognize opportunities. If a position in your company becomes available, don’t waste time asking to be considered. Talk to your boss right away about your desire to take on that role. A company will save money hiring from within rather than using an outside recruiting source. This is true even if they provide a raise in salary for the transition. You could be the perfect solution.
- Avoid mistakes when asking for a promotion. When you do talk to your boss about a possible promotion there are some things you shouldn’t do. Don’t ask for a promotion for the sake of asking. If it isn’t a fit with your long term goals, wait for something that is. Don’t expect that a promotion will fix a dissatisfying work experience. Evaluate if you are truly unhappy with your current job or if you’re dissatisfaction is with the company as a whole. Don’t make the conversation one sided. Be sure that the arrangement includes benefits for your boss and company.
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