Your weeks of slog have paid off. You can operate the photocopier blindfold and the client is eating out of your hand. All is well except for the feeling that, like a pair of tight shoes, your job is beginning to pinch around the edges and it’s time for a fresh challenge.
Rather than rush in and tell your boss to move over, you need to build a case for why you should be promoted, a process that could
take several months.
First, define what you mean by promotion. Is it job title, increased salary or additional responsibilities that you are seeking?
Take stock of your existing job. Which of your responsibilities do you enjoy and would like to expand? Does your “ideal job” exist in the company or would it involve creating a new role? Think about your ideal job in terms of the company’s future plans. In what way will your new role contribute to its goals?
Highlight any achievements or skills that you have developed over and above your current role. Or, in the lead up to going for promotion, try to take on additional responsibilities that demonstrate your commitment.
Make the effort to broaden your industry knowledge and have opinions on the latest developments.
Book an appointment with your boss to discuss your career – if you have an appraisal coming up, do it then. Prepare to talk about your promotion in the light of your wider career plans and emphasise your commitment to the company.