Moving up the ranks to key managerial positions at work can be a very important development for many employees.
Even though not all strive for this goal, those who do work hard to get promoted, which can cause a lot of competition between workers. So, do you know how to ask for a promotion?
Writing a nicely worded letter can give you a competitive advantage against your coworker. It can show that you are the whole package.
When should you ask for a promotion?
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Lay out your case to your boss when you know that you have exceeded expectations.
Do not approach them when you’ve met the first task, but instead, build up a list of excellent achievements.
By presenting a not-so-solid case, you not only waste the opportunity, remember, your boss knows the type of work you do!.
Generally, you should ask for a promotion when you know:
01Your boss is ready to consider you favorably based on your past and current work performance.
02Your boss strongly believes that you are a valuable asset to the company and he is sure of continued and great effort from your side to produce even better results.
03Your company is making profits and has the funds to give you a raise.
04The overall market is good and people with your skills deserve better and are getting paid better.
How to prepare for your promotion
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01Preparing for your promotions includes gathering all the data and statistics about the achievements in your current occupation. Keeping track of achievements early on in a position, could help you be prepared later.
02You should make your intentions known well before you even start writing the letter.
03You can drop subtle hints to your boss like telling him how you want to grow in the company and probably ask for recommendations.
04Go the extra mile by doing work you aren’t really obliged to do.
05Take up any requests that your boss may make to you even if it means sacrificing some of your personal time.
Once you show what a hard, dedicated employee you are, you will most likely get that promotion when you ask for it.
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01Be prepared to advocate for yourself, list the achievements you have made within the company.
02Continue by showing the value you will add to the company once you have been promoted.
03Sound polite, use humble words and back-up your claim with actual numbers and statistics.
04Work on your case only and do not make any unnecessary reference to other co-workers. Don’t mention any other colleague who has been promoted and make it as a base point.
01Don’t make it about you but rather make it about uplifting the company. Also, don’t compare yourself with your colleagues and don’t point out the mistakes your senior employees may be making.
02Don’t make threats like that you will quit your job or go work for the competition, if you don’t get the promotion. Rather keep your letter centrally focused on the company and obtaining your desired position.
I have enjoyed every bit of my employment in this company and would like to grow in it. I have consistently proven that I can meet the requirements of this job.
Last month is the most recent example of this success, the contract I worked on increasing sales by 8%. This and other instances show that I consistently meet and exceed targets.
At this time, I believe that I would continue to flourish, should you consider me for any of the senior positions within the next three months.
I believe I can benefit the company much more if I get the promotion I am hoping for as my drive and motivation to see the company succeed will be invigorated..
This script outlines the achievements of the employee in real numbers and is also concise. It reveals how the employee plans on bettering the company by boosting the sales further and continue doing so time after time.
The script is also demanding as it clearly puts forward a strong business idea – higher authority and decision-making power to increase sales. More sales means more profit. It’s a great example of how to ask for a promotion.
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02A script for an experienced worker
I have ten years’ experience in this profession and have learned work ethics and have had my values and principles reaffirmed by working with this company. The work experience I’ve gained during my time here is invaluable.
Through my accumulated experience, I believe I can bring to company to a new level,
I have been waiting for an opportunity to show leadership, commitment and drive and I believe this is my chance.
Please consider promoting me to a senior position. I believe the team would accept me as leader, and I would appreciate the opportunity to show you my commitment and passion for our work here.
This script shows how to ask for a promotion to all the experienced and seasoned workers. It highlights the work experience of the employee and shows gratitude to the lessons learned in the company.
The script also shows the keen interest of the employee on training others what he learned from the company.
Over the course of my employment, I have consistently proved that I have ideas that are out of the box ideas and expand our customer base and improve customer satisfaction.
As you will remember, the focus on the customer’s journey, expanding their experience in our stores, rather than increase our expenditure and expanding the range of products we have in order to draw people in. The results of this showed that 150 new customers came in this quarter.
I have many other innovative ideas that can better the company and that’s why I’d like to express my keen interest in taking up any available leadership position.
This script is specific and cuts right to the chase, but doesn’t seem disrespectful. It also highlights the internal growth your skills promote.
Finally, like all good reasons for a promotion, this request centers on your ability to lift the company to greater heights.
If you need to know how to ask for a promotion without having many years of work experience, you can use this script.
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07A script for a loyal employee
I have been employed by this company for over 12 years and feel that I am ready for new opportunities within the company, especially since we are in a period of continual growth at this time.
I believe I can contribute more to the company by continuing to work hard and instill the loyalty and dedication I have for the company in the people I manage.
I am humbly requesting a promotion, hoping my years of service will encourage you to consider my request to move to a senior position.
This script is respectful and shows the years of work that you have contributed to the company. It also shows your dedication to continue working for the company and doing your best in it.
For all loyal workers who have worked years without getting recognized, that is how to ask for a promotion.
My youth has sometimes made people overlook my potential. You, and this company, have never tried to limit me based on age.
I believe that the combination of my physical aptitude and desire to excel in this role, makes me a viable candidate for a promotion.
I believe I am ready for [managerial position] but would also recognize that moving to [assistant position] for a year, or time would be beneficial.
I would welcome the opportunity to transition, with a continual growth plan, through a variety of roles.
I hope you will consider my request.
Now, that’s how to ask for a promotion even if you are young. Age has little to no bearing on your ability to perform a job, intelligence and maturity do.
If you’ve shown you have these qualities and are ready for more responsibility, this is a great template.
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After going through these different scripts, you must have zeroed in on the one you were looking for. If one doesn’t work exactly for you, you can always combine two or three to say what you need to when figuring out how to ask for a promotion.
Remember, if you can humbly back-up your case with relevant examples that they will also have on file.
There is never any harm in asking for a raise, or promotion. Just make sure you look at all the factors and time it right.