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Asking for a promotion at work is one of the best ways to help you achieve not only greater job satisfaction but also build your self-confidence and communication skills. That said, it’s critical to consider exactly how to ask for a promotion before tackling this important milestone in your professional life. 

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Practical Tips for How to Ask for a Promotion

If you’ve determined that you’re ready for additional responsibility and have good infrastructure in place for protecting your work-life balance, go ahead and move forward with asking for a promotion. Here are a few concrete steps to get you started: 

  1. Do your due diligence about promotion procedures. Read your employee handbook for any relevant information on the promotion process. Also, if you know people who’ve already been promoted to comparable positions, ask them about the procedure they followed and the personnel who facilitated their transition. 
  2. Know your motives for asking and be prepared to explain how they align with the company’s goals and values. For instance, if you’re motivated by a desire for more leadership opportunities, how will your unique leadership style help serve the company’s goals for, say, expansion or increased productivity? 
  3. Time your request well and choose your mode of communication wisely. Do you have good news to deliver, such as positive client feedback, that could provide a concrete lead-in? Do you have a performance review coming up that might serve as a natural opening? Is an email or a meeting your best tact?
  4. Plan the conversation in advance. Be prepared to answer in detail why you’re a great choice for the role you’re seeking both on the basis of objective experience and accomplishments with the company and your unique strengths. Also, be prepared to address any skills gaps you’d need to fill or any minor setbacks you’ve experienced that might make your employers question your request. 
  5. Follow up appropriately. When you first make your request, try to get a sense of the approximate decision timeline and process that will follow. Significant promotions often go through multiple levels of approval. Follow up at logical intervals and be ready to provide additional insights into why you’re a great fit. 

It is also important to think about a promotion in terms of your bigger, long-term career goals and part of the process of achieving them.

Consider Promotions as Part of the Larger Process of Setting Career Goals

Being promoted can be one of the most exciting parts of a career, but it’s still just one event. Remember to keep promotions in perspective as stepping stones within your long-term vision. To get that ball rolling, consider using the celebrated SMART goal-setting strategy to take the long view of your career path:

  • S: Set goals that are specific, meaning they’re concrete and objective. For example, rather than, “I want to gain recognition,” consider “I want to be recognized for my accomplishments through a promotion to a department management role within the next five years.” 
  • M: Goals should also be measurable, meaning you give yourself parameters for success. You know when a goal has been accomplished and can move on to something else. 
  • A: Attainable goals are ones for which you’ve clearly laid out the steps you’ll need to take to achieve them. There’s nothing wrong with lofty goals like, “I want to ultimately direct this organization,” as long as you can clearly project what steps you’ll need to take to get there. 
  • R: A goal is relevant when it plays a real role in getting you to a long-term result. This is especially key in considering whether to ask for any given promotion. Will your new role get you closer to where you want to be? Is it, in itself, where you want to be? Is it actually a diversion from the pathway you’d like to follow? 
  • T: Timely goals are ones that don’t go on forever. You will be more likely to achieve something you set out to do if you give yourself at least some sense of deadlines. Be realistic about how long each task takes and factor in some wiggle room if needed while also creating a time-bound framework for personal accountability. 

It is essential to understand how to ask for a promotion at work before doing so to ensure you are considered for the role. More tips and advice are available on the Behavioral Health Jobs website.

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