We work not just to get financial compensation for our daily efforts. Ask any worker and you’ll find out that they want a clear path for personal growth and improvement in their place of work. It is one of the incentives that they want in whatever job they get. They see the prospect of job promotion as a very effective motivational factor in working well.
But sometimes, even when you think you’re doing your best and providing your company with exceptional work, you’re still not getting the job promotion that you think you deserve. This is where initiative comes in. You can actually ask for a job promotion if you think you deserve it.
First, you need to compile or amass things that you’ve done that are considered memorable achievements or contributions. These need to be measurable efforts. Vague allusions to achievements will not do it. It has to be concrete. Document it as much as possible so that you can have something to present if your superiors ask for proof that you have accomplished a lot in your job.
You should look at how the rest of the people in your team fared in terms of career advancement. You can just casually ask questions to your officemates like how long they’ve been working in the company and the positions they’ve held before they got their current job position. This is one way of finding out how the company institutes its job promotions policies. For example, you may find out that the company has instituted a policy where it begins offering job promotions after the employee has achieved a set period of tenure.
You should also consider your attendance record if you’re going to ask for a job promotion. There are some companies that put a lot of weight on a person’s attendance and if you’ve been periodically late or absent then this may not bode well for you. Take note of these policies when you first enter the company so you know what to expect or look out for and make the necessary adjustments in how you manage your time so you won’t have to face this obstacle when you ask for a promotion in the future.
Your job attitude is also a factor that may be considered when you ask for a job promotion. Effectiveness in your responsibilities is one thing but a worker who has a positive attitude at work will definitely have an additional advantage. No employer will want to pass up on a worker that promotes a healthy attitude in the workplace.
Finally, look at your track record. Have been performing exceptionally well and have been able to contribute more than what your job responsibilities ask for? If you think that you are a real asset to the company then you’ll have the necessary things to back you up when you do ask for a promotion.
Armed with all of the above, try to set up an appointment with your superior. Present your case well by citing all the reasons why you think you deserve a promotion. Remember that this is not a foolproof way of getting a promotion so also be prepared to get a rejection for your request. But this shouldn’t discourage you. You’ve already put yourself on your boss’ radar and he will surely look at you as a possible candidate for a promotion in the future.
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