Find your strengths and values How to get the promotion at work that you deserve

Getting a promotion at work can be difficult. Oftentimes, well deserving employees miss out on promotion opportunities that could excel their careers because they are underprepared or too intimidated to ask.

If you find yourself feeling uneasy or insecure about taking that initiative, you are not alone! We have outlined 5 steps to help you confidently ask for that promotion.

1. Define your career plan

The only way to know where you are going in your career is to create a plan. Start by identifying your career goals and the necessary steps needed to achieve these goals. By writing them down and setting timelines to them, you can hold yourself accountable and also showcase your growth path to your employer.

2. Identify developmental gaps

There is no growth without learning. Once your career goals are clear, map out the skills you need to develop to achieve these goals. If you do not have enough time in the day for full-time training or courses, flexible learning options are critical. If you have technical skills that you would like to work on, be clear about this need to your employer and request to get some training. It’s a pretty simple formula: the more skills you have, the more likely you are to get a promotion at work.

3. Keep track of your achievements

There is no better way to showcase your growth than through continuous learning and goal achievement. Be sure to keep a personal record of all your achievements on the job. Whether you exceeded targets, reduced negative incidences, or improved a process, keep a record of this for your promotion discussion.

4. Arrange the meeting

Now that you’ve done all the planning, it's time to request a meeting with your boss or HR representative. Be sure to bring all the necessary documents and write down talking points to make sure you are able to clearly argue your case.

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it - Maya Angelou

5. Be ready for a negotiation

Finally, be prepared for a position, salary or benefit negotiation. Anticipate any counterpoints you foresee in the discussion and have clear answers ready for all possible outcomes. If you have clearly demonstrated your value and potential, you can confidently negotiate the best terms available to you.

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