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Get that Job Promotion Now!

Updated on May 29, 2015
Serving Up Tips to Attain Your Next Promotion
Serving Up Tips to Attain Your Next Promotion
Yes!!! I got the promotion!
Yes!!! I got the promotion!
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Get that Job Promotion Now!

So when was the last time you received a promotion at work? A year ago? Five years ago? Maybe 10 years ago? Some employees are having a hard enough time finding work at all. I would recommend checking out this list of the best job posting and job search sites. Other individuals are diligently trying to hold on to their jobs every day, even with difficult bosses. Therefore, to some individuals it may be only a far-fetched fantasy to expect a promotion any time soon.

On the other hand, there are usually three reasons for your inability to get a promotion: 1) You are not presenting or marketing yourself as “worthy” of any type of promotion; 2) Your performance is poor, or; 3) Put simple, it may just be problems with your place of employment. You may need to join the millions of others who decided to find another place of employment in order to receive a promotion. It is true that finding another job right now may not indeed fit in with the needs of you and your family at the moment. However, when the time is right for you to move on, you will know for certain.

Know who you are and what you're worth
Know who you are and what you're worth

Follow the few steps below for the possibility of receiving a promotion at your current place of employment. While there is no guarantee that a promotion is definite, you will definitely be on your way to that new role or set of responsibilities. It is important to keep in mind that while most promotions are entirely new jobs within the work environment, promotions can also entail taking on additional responsibilities within the company, traveling for global expansions, new titles and roles within the organization, obtaining subordinates to supervise, increased current job goals and requirements, etc. Consider the type of promotion that will work best for you. An increase in your pay or compensation may include: an increase in salary, transferring from wages to salary, increases in waged work hours, increase in hourly wages, newly received employment benefits, increases in the amount of employment benefits, etc. How you perceive your increased compensation in accordance with your promotion is very important. Be certain that you are accurately rewarded within your new role or your new responsibilities. If you are uncertain what you should be paid for your employment services, simply search this information on websites, such as,,, etc.

1. Know your “Worth”!

From the time you started working at the organization, you have contributed a lot. Perhaps you have found new ways to provide excellent customer satisfaction and the company’s customers just love speaking with you for that reason. Perhaps you have strengthened relationships among staff members, fostering a friendlier work environment. Perhaps you simply achieve all work goals every month or year and practically perform a great job year round! Congratulations you have established your contribution and worth or value within the organization. Identifying the needs and goals of your employer, how your workplace functions and how your personal strengths benefit or satisfy the workplace is the beginning of knowing your full worth and potential. Believe it or not, but your positive contributions is more likely directly or indirectly increasing the company’s bottom line (profitability). You should be rewarded for that!

When you fully understand your contributions at work and how your job is directly increasing the company’s profitability, you can use this information to build strong justification or a presentation for your future promotion. Plan and make a list of ways you directly or indirectly contribute to your workplace and the company’s bottom line. Individuals usually directly contribute, if your job duties and functions sell or market the company’s products or services, bringing in revenue for the company. Indirect contributors tend to work within the administrative aspect of the company (i.e. human resources, clerical, legal compliance, etc.). Yet still, all employees are always contributing to the overall performance of the company. Your job is just one nut or bolt in the overall business machine that is your workplace. If this contribution is not made clear to you during the interviewing process for your job, begin the quest to identify exactly what is the contribution(s) of your role and function within the organization.

If you do not believe that your employment is contributing to the company’s bottom line, just ask! You can ask around at the workplace, review your hiring materials, research similar positions online, or simply ask your direct report (your boss or supervisor). By asking, you may learn where your performance is lacking according to the person(s) who can promote you. Chances are that if you were hired for a job, that job is necessary and worthwhile to the company’s operations – operations that facilitate increasing the net income of the business. Paying you to perform the job is a cost to the company. If your employer cannot capitalize (or profit) on the investment continuously made into your employment, then it is highly unlikely that you would have been hired at all. Determine how you will continue to contribute within the company after you have been promoted.

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2. Be Confident!

We all have some ounce of confidence in our beings. It is time to assert your confidence levels because your job does play a role in the profitability of the company. If you have been working well in the organization with excellent performance, your employers have more likely noticed your performance. Your direct reports are expecting you to anticipate a promotion soon. It is up to you to find your voice to discuss your promotion.

Finding your voice within the organization (or any aspect of life) is important because you need to remind other individuals that you do exist and have something important to say. If you are shy or introverted, consider practicing speaking assertively amongst family, friends and peers at work. You can then move on to “THE CHALLENGE”: Over the course of a week, challenge yourself at least seven times to speak up for or against anything at all in a public environment – where you do not personally know anyone at all. The platform or public environment for this challenge can include, a grocery store, the Laundromat, a restaurant, on the street, while commuting, etc. Throughout your day-to-day tasks simply interject your opinion, questions, comment or facts on any topic or subject matter. For example, while getting bread at a bakery store, consider kindly informing the baker, “I will prefer only fresh bread please!” At the grocery store, ask the cashier, “Do you happen to know of any additional discounts on these items?” You may begin to enjoy this new-found authority. Be certain that besides your speech, your clothing and overall physical/personal presentation before your boss(es) reflect this level of leadership as well.

When you are comfortable and confident with asserting yourself publicly among strangers, you can then assert yourself with anyone you know – including a raging boss. I should warn you that some direct reports may not be immediately welcoming to the idea of promoting you, but that is why it is so important to present and sell yourself effectively. Convince your employer that promoting you is necessary, right and simple.

3. Market Yourself!

You have assessed your worth within the company or workplace. You are confident in requesting or applying for the much-deserved promotion. It is now important to use this new information and determination to justify and substantiate your promotion. Your complete presentation for a promotion is important because your employer will ponder the quality of your overall presentation for the promotion. Do you have what it takes to be promoted?

When selling yourself, your complete presentation to your boss should include: 1) an explanation for the presentation or discussion for a promotion – a summary of why you should be promoted; 2) the company’s goals, needs and workplace operations; 3) your strengths, historic performance and worth (contributions) within the workplace; 4) the ability to continue performing well, contributing efficiently and growing with the organization in the new role, and; 5) the ease and simplicity of transitioning into the new role, including available access to training, new equipment or financial resources to get the new job done right. Don’t forget to use the opportunity to discuss increases in compensation! While for many individuals this is possibly the most difficult part of getting that promotion, you will see that effectively completing the first two steps described above will make this step 3 significantly easier. By the time you reach to this step, you have already convinced yourself that you deserve your promotion. Now you must convince others. When presenting, your justification or claim to the promotion should simply flow out of you.

Before scheduling a meeting with your boss, be certain to have a thorough action plan or agenda for the meeting. As a matter of fact, writing up a brief agenda for the meeting with your direct report is a great way to assert and present yourself. You should schedule some time to speak formally with your supervisor, so that you may obtain their undivided attention. Formal written presentation (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint) or videography can be acceptable for your presentation. It is not recommended to discuss promotions with your boss over the phone, by text or through a third party. If you know your boss well, consider if emailing or writing a letter for your promotion will suffice. It is also not recommended that you bring gifts to offer your boss for any reason. Simply plan out the talking points of the presentation and deliver with confidence accordingly. Planning ahead and being prepared for the presentation will keep you calm and confident during a request, application or evaluation for a promotion – making it easier to negotiate if necessary.

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4. Negotiate and Don’t Settle!

So you have conquered increasing your confidence levels for the presentation. Be prepared to negotiate the details of your promotion as well. Negotiation requires a tad bit more confidence. However, try your best not to get into a maylay with your boss.

As mentioned above, your boss may not be initially inclined to offer you any type of promotion. Some bosses can be difficult that way. While presenting for the promotion, it is your goal to change your boss’ mind. To move the conversation in the direction of a positive outcome (your receipt of a promotion), consider taking these minor steps:

  1. Clarify and justify your reasons for a promotion by reiterating your worth and discussing your excellent performance levels (i.e. "Since last quarter I brought in $121,000 in extra sales, I am certain that a managerial position will allow me to further contribute exceptionally within the company");
  2. Request any terms or conditions for the promotion from your boss, allowing him/her to have a say in your attainment of the promotion (i.e. "What goals will you like to see me meet over the next twelve months, so that I can be positioned for a promotion next year?");
  3. Answer any questions about the promotion that your boss may have (as you should have already thoroughly thought out the details of the promotion), and;
  4. Consider providing a comparative analysis or data for other individuals in similar positions that heave received a promotion at the organization (i.e. "I recall that before Nathan became a Senior Technician six months ago, he also completed his certification in Utah just as I have recently and successfully accomplished.").

At any time in the conversation you feel that tensions are rising and your current job may be in jeopardy, then you may be forced to settle for your boss’ resolve on the matter. If your boss requires you to settle into the job without a chance of promotion, then perhaps you should consider a new job. If you believe that a promotion is due and you still have not received one, eventually you will need to meet with your boss to discuss and evaluate your “worth”, performance, and future within the organization.

These are a few excellent procedures to get the promotion you need. Keep in mind that all businesses are expected to grow or sustain operations somehow. Be certain that your job impacts this growth or sustainability. If your business can grow, then there is definitely room to be promoted substantially.

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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Miss Info,

      You are very welcome. I only told the truth. You are a very gifted writer and sensitive soul.

      In the company I worked in for over 24 years, sure, I, and others like me, contributed, but we were either taken for granted or the pat on the back was given to a relative of the boss or company owner.

      I am not going any further with THIS talk of my former work days for I have stories that will turn your stomach.

      But thank you for the sweet comment.

      I would give anything if you would be one of my followers.



    • Miss Info profile imageAUTHOR

      Miss Info 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Hello Kenneth Avery!

      Thank you for such a thoughtful comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the hub. Getting a promotion is tough at times, especially when you are uncertain of your contribution within the organization. All employees contribute! It is just important to note "how", then you are all set to pursue a new promotion or even a new job. Cheers.

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      To me, this should be a MUST-READ for all people who are still working.

      I am disabled. Have not worked since 2003, but prior to my being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy, I worked for 23 years for a weekly newspaper.

      Not boasting. But I did most all of the jobs there. Sold ads, darkroom when it was used, wrote feature stories and a column, delivered papers, designed display ads and was promoted ONCE because I practically had to grovel for that one promotion with NO raise in pay.

      I relate to this hub.

      As for your writing,

      I love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

      1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

      2, I loved every word.

      3. Graphics, superb.

      4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Keep the great hubs coming.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

    • Miss Info profile imageAUTHOR

      Miss Info 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks snerfu! We all have to work - even if working for ourselves. Hence, why we blog yes!?!? Promotions are difficult because many people are simply not comfortable with asking to be promoted. It is amazing what can happen if we are encouraged to simply ask.

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      Vivian Sudhir 

      4 years ago from Madurai, India

      Getting a job is difficult and getting a raise or promotion is simply too strenuous. You have penned some good ideas there Miss Info. Voted up.


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