Asking for a promotion and actually getting it often seems far more difficult than it should be. Plus, many folks are also averse to negotiations, so that can make it even more daunting.
The thing is, if you think you deserve a pay raise or promotion, you likely won’t get it without asking.
However, there’s also a right and a wrong way to ask. You obviously don’t want to sound entitled or ungrateful, what you do want is to move up in the world. So, the key is finding the right approach.
When Should You Ask for a Promotion?
If you’ve just recently begun working for a company, you may want to give things some time. However, otherwise, there’s really no good or bad time to bring up the prospect of a promotion.
If you’re a diligent, hard worker that’s doing a good job and exceeding expectations, that makes you valuable. If you certifiably know your position inside and out, there’s a good chance you’re worth promoting.
Consider Your Role
If there isn’t an obvious position to which you can be promoted, you might have to think outside the box. In some cases, this means crafting a new position that’s a more powerful extension of your current role.
By taking on more responsibilities, you’re – again – making yourself increasingly valuable. If your role has changed or expanded since your hiring, it’s important to explain how it has. This way you can show your manager why you’re deserving of a promotion. Demonstrating why you deserve higher pay, or a new title, is often a critical part of obtaining these things.
Ready, Set, Ask
If you know you’re invaluable, there’s no harm in asking for a raise or promotion.
Of course, how to go about it will depend somewhat on your relationship with your boss. Gauge the situation wisely to decide in what setting you should approach your superior. If you’re friendly already, a more casual approach may be just fine.
Always show your dedication and ambition when talking about the prospect of a promotion. Once you learn how your boss feels about your role, you can likely follow up with a more formal application.
Shoot for the Stars
We’re not suggesting you should ask for anything unreasonable. What we are saying is sometimes you have to go a bit higher up on the ladder. If your direct superior or manager is unlikely to be receptive, you might need to aim higher.
Depending on the size of the company, you might want to talk to someone above your boss. Again, this gives you an opportunity to get a feel for how your role is viewed. Consider what the company’s goals are and find an adequate way to prove your worth. Then you can once again consider formally applying for that promotion.