How to get a promotion

A promotion usually has two main advantages. You get a better job title, so more recognition and responsibility, and you get a pay rise as well. More money is always welcome!
The question is – how do you get a promotion in the first place?

Some people are selected for promotion without having to apply for it. In these cases, they will have usually done an excellent job and shown themselves to be ready for the next step up the career ladder. This usually coincides with their boss leaving, so they can just take over and fill his or her shoes.

Many of us will actually have to ask for a promotion though. It sounds daunting, but as long as you’re tactical and clever about it, getting a promotion should be achievable.

The most important thing to do is to work up to a promotion by showing everyone – your boss, your boss’s boss and even your colleagues – what a great job you’re doing. In other words, don’t ask your boss for a promotion tomorrow; spend three months working your absolute hardest and then ask for a promotion.

To make this work, you need to document all of the hard work you’ve been doing. That’s so that when your boss asks why you deserve a promotion, you can show him or her that you’ve put in overtime where necessary, taken on extra projects or increased your sales by 30%. Promotions are based on evidence of delivering over and above your remit, so make sure you have the evidence.