We are conditioned to think that we should all be fighting for a promotion every chance we get. But when the calendar rolls around to promotion season, there are a few things that you should spend some time thinking about. First off, would this new position help move your career in the direction that you really want? Would a lateral move actually make you happier and allow you to use some of your skills that are currently being underutilized? 

A lot of people think that a new position (or more money) will help them all of a sudden feel more fulfilled or satisfied. But this is not always the case. If there are fundamental reasons why you are unhappy in your current company, more responsibility is unlikely to lead to a better experience. Or, if it does, it will probably only last for a short period. 

In this article, we are going to assume that you do feel happy at the company and that this new position would help you move forward in your career. So how do you go about asking for a promotion? 

Have confidence in your performance and your abilities. You need to first believe that you are qualified for the position otherwise, no one else will. Know the responsibilities and skills that are expected in the new role and be prepared to talk about how you are already performing at that level.  

Know exactly what it is you are asking for (and walking into). As part of your discussion for promotion, it is likely that the salary will come up. Make sure you do your homework ahead of time and you know the salary ranges for this role. You should also make sure that you are comfortable with and excited about the new tasks that will be expected of you. 

Be strategic about the meeting. Timing is really important for conversations like this. Try not to schedule the meeting either before lunch or toward the end of the day you do not want to feel rushed. And remember that old saying: “dress for the job you want, not for the job you have”? It is also important that you look the part.


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