How To Get a Promotion

Asking for a raise can be a daunting task, but if you’re prepared for it, it will not only be easier to ask for an increase in your salary, but you’ll also have a better chance of getting it.

You can increase your chances of getting that raise by following these steps:

1. Do the Work

This should be obvious, but if you’re not proving you are worth an increase in salary, you’re not likely to get it. Before you ask for your salary to be increased, make sure you show that you’re going above and beyond in your job. Your performance reviews should reflect your hard work because you can use these to negotiate your wage.

2. Be on Time

Being late to work is a big “no-no” when you’re looking for a raise, and this also goes for missing work. Try to keep your sick days down by taking care of your health and wellbeing. Make sure you account for traffic and potential accidents on the road by leaving home just a little earlier in the mornings.

3. Work as a Team

There are many ways that you can show your commitment to the team, including helping out with new projects around the office and volunteering for jobs that others might not be jumping at. This shows that you’re willing to go the extra mile when it really matters to the company.

4. Grab Opportunities for Development

Whether you’re furthering your education or simply shadowing someone at work for the chance to pick up a new skill, fattening up your CV is a great way to show that you’re worth that promotion.

Asking for that Raise

In some instances, you might be offered a raise as your boss notices all the work you’ve been putting in, but in some instances, you might have to go ahead and ask for it.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare for that conversation:


1. Choose the Right Time

The last thing you’ll want to do is ask for a raise when you’ve only been with the company for a couple of months. It’s also not a good idea to ask for one when your boss is having a bad day. Getting what you want is often all about timing, so make sure that you’ve been with the company long enough to prove yourself – that’s at least six months to a year.

2. Prepare Yourself

Asking for a promotion isn’t just about asking for a promotion – you need to state your case in a way that clearly shows your boss why you deserve the raise. Take stock of everything you’ve done for the company over the past year – or perhaps longer – and then make sure you highlight all the ways you’ve gone above and beyond your job description. You’re not likely to get a raise simply for doing your job, so make sure you prove that you’ve done much more besides.

3. Be Respectful

Whether you get the raise or not, you’ll need to make sure that you’re respectful at all times because your boss is still going to be your boss once this discussion is over. If you’re denied the raise – even after some negotiations – make sure that you bow out respectfully. After all, there’s always going to be another opportunity to make your case.

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