You’ve put in hours after everyone else left at the office, taught yourself skills on the side, and generally have been killing it at work. You know you want to move up the company ladder but the only place you’re unstoppable at work is when it comes time to actually have the promotion conversation with your boss. Fear no more! These tips will help you get that title bump you deserve.
Make Sure You Are Ready
“What do you mean am I sure I’m ready? Of course I am,” you may be thinking. Before you storm into your manager’s office though, you want to make sure you are prepared both for yourself and your boss. Forbes says a common mistake when employees seek promotions is ignoring their own long-term goals.
Ask yourself if you are chasing a promotion because you actually think it’s bringing you closer to your 10-year goal. Don’t let the idea of a nicer desk or title lure you into chasing a promotion that actually doesn’t benefit your long-term goals.
Also, make sure you understand the new role you are getting into. The Muse recommends identifying the specific position you want and why you want to take it on.
Have Your Case Prepared
So, you know the position you want and what it entails. When you do make the pitch of getting promoted to your boss, you want to be armed with evidence as to why you’re the perfect fit. Digital marketing strategist Naomi Garnice says to know what achievements you have contributed that benefited the business.
She points out that achievements that “fall outside of your official responsibilities” especially show that you have grown past your current position. She also points out that building a case is beneficial since your boss may not be the ultimate decider of who gets promotions and may have to relay your qualifications to a different supervisor.
Know When Is An Ideal Time To Have The Convo
Know when is a good time to have this conversation both in the cycle of the business, as well as the day itself.
The Muse recommends having the talk at your annual or semi-annual review [as] it’s a built-in opportunity for both you and your manager to discuss how you’ve been doing and where your career is headed.”
Another good opportunity may be if your company is going through a restructuring or merger where the hierarchy is changing anyway. If your company doesn’t have annual reviews, set a meeting with your boss! Forbes recommends avoiding talking about your promotion right before lunch or the end of the work day and to also be flexible overall. You don’t want to have The Talk with your boss if they are just in a horrendous mood that day.
Know Your Dollars and Cents
Getting your boss to agree that you deserve a promotion is the first half of getting what you want. The second half is making sure you are getting it with a workload and pay rate that is fair and equivalent to men.
Unfortunately, women still are a little more passive than men when it comes to negotiating salary. 2008 Carnegie Mellon report shows that women are 4 to 8 times less likely to negotiate their first salary and benefits than men.
Women are also 85% less likely to even ask for a raise or promotion in the first place, so if you get in that room with your boss to talk about it you’re already ahead of the curve. But women still ask for 30% less than men when it comes to their salary.
Be sure you know your worth and are asking for what is fair. You can look up salaries across the industry on various websites as well as what employees make on average at your own company at Glassdoor. This is where having your case is helpful!
If your boss doesn’t think you deserve that high of a salary, you can point to specifics as to where you’ve made or saved the company money where their ROI of investing in you as an employee is beneficial.
That all said, sometimes promotions aren’t pursued for monetary reasons. Know what is most important to you, as national workplace expert and author Lynn Taylor says a common mistake in asking for a promotion is asking for too much and you should go in with the most concise list of requests as possible.
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