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Prepare to be promoted

It’s not always easy to ask for a promotion, but there are some sound ways to get ready for your next career move. Here are some helpful tips.

Before talking with your supervisor about a promotion, ask yourself a few questions.

  • Is there an available position you’d like to pursue?
  • Will one be available in the near future?
  • Are you prepared with the right skills and experience?
  • If not, what steps do you need to take?
  • What past performance can you point to that shows you’re prepared for a more challenging role?
  • What are the average wages for a comparable position to the one you’re pursuing? 

When you set up a meeting with your supervisor, make sure he or she has a general idea about your ambitions.

  • You can start by saying you want to talk about your future growth at the organization
  • If you have information to share to back up your request, send it in advance of your meeting
  • If you’re proposing a new position, share a draft summary of duties, title and role within the organization
  • Don’t send any information related to increased compensation

Plan the topics you want to cover during your meeting and practice staying on message.

  • Be prepared to make a strong case for the promotion you’re looking for
  • Remember, even asking for a promotion shows your employer that you have the courage and confidence in your own skills
  • Don’t expect an answer right away, this might not ultimately be your supervisor’s decision to make
  • Don’t be discouraged if you hear a “no, not now,” instead ask what you can do to get ready for your next career move

If you’re offered the promotion, be prepared to negotiate compensation and benefits.

  • It’s okay to aim high because your employer expects to negotiate with you—don’t sell yourself short

Contact a CareerForce specialist for one-on-one support.

  • We’re committed to helping you achieve your career goals