How and When to Ask for a Promotion



Many people think that they deserve a promotion because they work extremely long hours, they are dedicated workers who can be counted on, and they’ve taken on additional responsibilities which have increased their workloads. They are the ultimate team players who somehow still manage to do their “own job” exceptionally well along with everything else they’ve been asked to do. These are all very important attributes, but in today’s economy where many organizations are doing more with less, isn’t everyone working long hours? Do you know of anyone who hasn’t had to take on additional duties or responsibilities? Aren’t most people willing to chip in and help their team members while still meeting or exceeding in their own job? If that’s the case then how do you ask for the promotion that you feel you so richly deserve?

I know it’s summer vacation….but do your homework! You want to make sure you are overly-prepared before making the decision to meet with your boss. Ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do you have a good reputation and a proven track record of consistently high performance with your organization? Can you document these achievements?
  • Are you performing NOW? Are you basking in the glow of previous accomplishments or are you engaged and doing your BEST work currently?
  • Have your recent contributions led to increased profitability/growth and or improvements/productivity? Can those contributions be measured or quantified?
  • What have you done developmentally which makes you ready to be promoted? What degree(s) or professional certifications have you earned? What seminars, courses, classes or programs have you completed?
  • Are there any weaknesses that you really need to correct before the next promotion is possible? If so what is the actionable plan to address this?
  • Are you looking for a new job title, more money or both? Do you know what the local market median is in terms of how title/job duties correlate to salary in the area where you live?

After answering the questions above and feel that you are ready to meet with your boss, put together a comprehensive summary document and schedule a time to meet with your manager. Be confident and proud to speak about your accomplishments — toot your horn a little bit, you deserve it!! During the meeting let your manager know what preparations you’ve taken to make yourself ready for the responsibilities of the new position, and be prepared to explain in detail why you deserve the promotion and what you hope to accomplish in the position.

If for some reason you don’t get the promotion, politely ask for the reasons, and find out what steps you need to take so that you are ready when the next opportunity presents itself. If you do receive the promotion, go celebrate…but don’t get complacent, continue doing the necessary things to keep advancing in your career!

By: Sonya Hinds / On: July 13, 2011 /

In: Success, Women Powering Business, Career Tips