Saturday, 07 July 2018 11:40

How to ask for a promotion

Written by Ebraheem Al Samadi

Picture this, you have been working in a position for a few years, love the company and enjoy the work you do, but recently you have been feeling a little restless and ready to take the next step in your career. Sound familiar? Wanting to move forward is an exciting prospect, the hard part is finding the opportunity. At whatever level, asking for what we want is not always as easy as is sounds.

Many sit back and wait for their hard work to be noticed and although this is a very humble approach, it is not the most effective. As they say, if you want something, go out and get it. So how should you go about asking your boss for that illustrious job promotion? Ebraheem Al Samadi, Founder and CEO of Forever Rose London, provides his tips on how to improve your chances for career advancement.

Bring your boss into the loop

When asking for a promotion, it is obviously important to speak to your boss as they will be the one who can provide the opportunity. However, it is important to take the time to prepare them for your request as blindsiding them can have a negative effect. Ask your boss for a meeting and explain your ambition and what you are hoping to achieve. This will provide them with an opportunity to set goals to lead you on the right path and have them feel that they are actively apart of the process. Together create a plan and then it is up to you to execute it.

Show, don’t tell

Asking for a promotion with no solid evidence to back you up is like going into an important meeting without a presentation. Show your boss what you are capable of rather than just saying you are able to do it. By taking the initiative to take on more responsibility, it will impress your boss and when it comes time to ask for the promotion, you will have examples of how you have gone above and beyond your current position and are ready to take on a new set of challenges.

Get feedback

Feedback meetings are a great place for you and your boss to discuss progress. If you are looking to be promoted, taking the time to go through your strengths and weaknesses will truly benefit in the long run. Ask for regular feedback to ensure you are working to the standards required and show you are being proactive in finding ways to improve.

Be patient

Just because you want a promotion does not necessarily mean there is an immediate possibility for it. Sometimes it is a waiting game as companies cannot always create new positions to promote candidates. You may have to wait till someone above you gets promoted or a person in the role you are interested in decides to move on. It can be frustrating when you know you are ready but being patient will show you in a positive light. See if your boss is able to provide a timeline and decide if you are willing to wait. Otherwise, you may need to decide if looking elsewhere is a preferred option.

Come with the facts

When it finally comes time to ask for the promotion, ensure you are coming in with facts. Nothing can sway a decision more than actualities to how a business has improved due to your employment and what you have brought to the team. Companies want people who are inevitably bringing something to the table and will promote those who are confident in their value and have results to back them up. Create a presentation to really impress and use it as a way to highlight the positive impact you have had on the business and team.