How to get promoted

Liz Walker, HR Director, Unum UK, shares her top tips for getting promoted.

If you’ve been working consistently hard, meeting and exceeding all expectations and targets, and you feel happily aligned with your company’s culture, then you may be thinking that the time is right to take the next step up the career ladder. But how do you ask for promotion? It can feel like a tricky conversation to have. It’s not a matter of marching into the boss’s office and demanding to be promoted, nor is it a case of sitting and waiting for someone to notice your achievements. But as the old saying goes – if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Furthering your career is a balance which starts with creating the right mindset for promotion. You know you deserve to upgrade your career with a promotion, and if you’re ready, the chances are that your boss is expecting the conversation. Here’s how
to ask for a promotion.

Share your goals & ask for feedback

If you’ve been in your current role for at least six months, request a meeting with your manager. Communicate that while your primary aim is to excel in your current role, your long-term goal is to progress professionally through the company and you want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to set yourself up for success.

Ask for your manager’s advice

How can you improve? What can you do to position yourself well for your next role? Use the feedback so you’re on track when it’s time to make your request.

Proactively communicate success

One of the most important things you can do is to proactively communicate your accomplishments to your team and management.

Provide specific details

Put down your accomplishments in writing and share examples of when you took on extra projects that positively impacted the business.

Be up front.

Present the information as a proposal up front, giving your line manager time to review what you’ve presented, and follow up with a face-to-face meeting.

Do your research.

Conversations about a raise must be data-driven. Before any salary negotiation, you need to have a solid foundation to back up your request and realistic expectations. Conduct background research to find out the market rate for your role.

Make it easy for your boss

Show them why you’re a star performer who deserves a better title and salary.

Be objective

Think about your proposal from different perspectives – your manager’s, their superiors, and colleagues, and ensure you address these in your proposal.