Ask for It: Working Towards That Promotion

Confidence-Building Style Asking your boss for a promotion isn’t exactly as easy as telling a friend at the bar about your passion for indie films. It’s one of those few moments in life that force you to take stock of who you are and what you’ve accomplished so far. It also makes you look at yourself from the outside, finding every little flaw and imagining that they will question everything during your meeting.

People who do not have the confidence are not likely to ask for a promotion, but would you like your career to stagnate in that little corner cubicle for decades? By then it would be too late, and you would probably have neither the drive nor the skills to advance any further if you’ve been stuck that long.

Here are some of the ways you can use to prepare for that meeting:

Prepare to show them what you’ve brought to the table. 

Before asking your manager for that meeting, you have to be ready. Prepare the documents you’ll need to prove your point, the files that show what you’ve brought to the table. Focus on achievements that have helped the company and cite examples of how much more you have left to contribute. Going above and beyond is a great way to convince bosses that you deserve a promotion.

Look the part, but don’t look desperate. 

Some managers will judge you based on what they see. It may not be fair, but that’s human nature. Would you pick someone who knocks on your door wearing ripped jeans and hair that could use a few meetings with shampoo, or someone with the right suit or dress, shoes, appropriately styled hair, and a bright smile? 

Your grooming and confidence-building style is something you have to work for until it becomes a second nature to your lifestyle. Crooked teeth? and other dental professionals say that you may get general advice and cosmetic treatment from a clinic near you. Bad hair? Get the right salon treatment. Sagging waistline? Work out to look and feel healthy. You won’t believe how much your physical appearance influences your outlook and performance, and also how managers see you. They have to be able to picture you in that new position.

Ask for a meeting.

Unless you ask for it, managers are not likely to give it. When you do ask for the meeting, mind your timing. If the company is downsizing, that’s obviously not the time to ask for more money. If the boss is not in the mood because a top client just cancelled, that’s also a bad idea for a promotion meeting. When you do get the meeting, be polite yet firm. 

Do not be sarcastic and needy. And don’t try to negotiate your new pay until they’ve offered you the position. They can still say no, remember? In case that happens, be a good sport. Instead of underperforming to protest their decision, show them why they made a mistake by not promoting you and they might reconsider.

Learning how to ask for a promotion is one of the most important moves you’ll ever have to make in your career, and probably not just once. Learn the basics and get better.