You work hard, spend your time at the office judiciously, and meet targets without failing deadlines. For the work you do every day, you feel you deserve a promotion. But when it comes to asking your boss directly, you find it awkward and difficult to approach him/her.
It can indeed be quite nerve-wracking to go up to your boss and ask for a promotion directly. Instead, there are ways you can show that you are ready for one and convince your boss easily.
Here are some useful tips to show your boss you deserve a promotion:
Upgrade Your Skills
A promotion means new responsibilities and greater challenges. To meet these new challenges, you must have the desired skills. One of the best ways to show that you are ready for a promotion, therefore, is to upgrade your competencies and develop your skills. Understand your job role, browse the net, and find courses that can take you ahead. Many large organizations have online courses for their employees. On the completion of those courses, managers are immediately notified. If your organization also has such courses, sign up for them frequently.
You can also attend workshops and seminars to learn more about what courses will upgrade your skills and make you a more valuable resource in your company. Another simple tip is to follow people on LinkedIn. Find professionals who have a similar background and check the courses they completed. A simple Google search will give you a lot of information.
In the present business climate, organizations need people who can not only perform their responsibilities well but also deliver greater value. To make yourself more valuable for the business, think outside the box. Look for unforeseen challenges and hidden opportunities. Start by observing your team keenly. Once you identify a problem, look for ways in which it can be addressed.
Be A Dependable Team Player
One of the things managers pay special attention to when it comes to promoting their team members is their maturity to handle things. In other words, you should be someone your manager can depend on when things are difficult to handle. You must, therefore, be proactive and extremely organized.
Create folders as per your convenience to arrange documents, presentations, and spreadsheets in order. Be responsive and always respond to important emails. If you find it too tough to handle multiple responsibilities, use sticky notes to stay on top of things. The way you do your job sets you apart from your colleagues. So, don't leave a bad impression by doing a shoddy job.
Ask Your Manager To Mentor You
This is the easiest way to grab your boss's attention and show that you are keen to learn. During the mentoring phase, you get an opportunity to collaborate closely with your manager. Moreover, you come across as an enthusiastic learner and get an opportunity to demonstrate your skills. By leaving a good impression, you can have an influential ally backing your case for promotion.
Rock Your Current Role
While pitching yourself for a promotion, you must show that you have excelled in your current role and that staying in the same position will be stagnating for your career. Gain the trust of your team members so that they approach you when they have a problem at hand. Try to "manage up." Your boss will be more convinced if he/she sees that you have done a great job in your role and are now ready to take on more responsibilities.
When you bring value to the business, your manager will be convinced to promote you at work. You just need to find the right balance of hard work, people skills, and enthusiasm to brighten your prospects.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.