outstanding year at work? If you've met
or beat sales expectations, landed a major client, or shepherded a complicated
project to successful conclusion, it may be time to ask for a promotion. Before
approaching your boss, do yourself a favor and read our list of what-not-to-do when
gunning for a bump up in dollars or a new title.
Don't approach your boss at the
wrong time. Work
events, the hallway, and the water cooler are not the places to broach the
subject of promotions. Schedule one-on-one time with your boss to make your
case. Pick a time when your boss is most likely to be attentive and receptive.
Don't talk about why you need money. Your boss isn't beholden to help
you pay for a mortgage, a third child or any other financial commitments.
Bosses give raises for stellar work products. Make your case contingent on past
results and future capacity. Define your value to the company.
Don't be annoying. There is a fine line between
persistently making your case and hounding your boss. State your case and be
sure to give your boss ample time to consider it. While it is fine to follow up
and pursue your goal, don't bug your boss daily or each time you interact.
Don't threaten your boss. Making your case should not be
confused with making threats. Threatening to quit if you don't get a raise or
promotion is one of the quickest ways to get shown the door.
Don't get discouraged. Bosses can't always say yes to a
promotion for a variety of reasons. There may not be room in the budget for
extra money and some organizations have rigid protocols for advancement. If
your boss can't say yes at first, ask for a time-frame that spells out when
your request might be granted. Schedule a time to revisit the issue with your
boss at a future date.
remember the truism, "if you don't ask, you don't get" and be sure to go for a
promotion or raise that you believe you deserve. For tips on securing a
promotion, check out How to Ask for a Promotion in a
you have any promotion "don'ts" to share? What is the worse pitch for a raise
or promotion that you've encountered? Share your thoughts here and at the Pendaflex Facebook page.
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