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Asking for a Promotion

Asking for a promotion can be one of the most tricky topics to bring up with and employer, but if you think you deserve it then don’t be afraid to ask for it! Here are a few points to consider beforehand.

  • Make sure you want the new role, not just the money that comes with it. It’s tempting to be swayed by extra money but you have to be dedicated to the promotion to deserve the pay rise that goes with it.


  • Keep a record of everything you do above and beyond your job description. You need to show you’ve performed at least a level or two higher than your current role.


  • Do some wider research and get to know the other teams you could be working with if you got a promotion. Showing some knowledge outside your specific field will stand you in good.


  • Timing is key! At the moment many companies are delaying salary increases because they want to keep cash in the business. This isn’t necessarily a reflection of how much you are valued.


  • Ask for specifics such as targets you would need to achieve or projects you would need to complete to get this promotion. Get it in writing and then keep up your end of the bargain.


  • During this meeting get detailed feedback on your performance, whether you are successfully promoted or not. If you’ve been given vague feedback that you have to work on your leadership or you need to “bed down” a little, someone might be trying to tell you something. Find out what the real problem is and then fix it.


Keep all these things in mind and you should be able to negotiate a promotion well, so good luck!