How to Get a Promotion Without Actually Asking
February 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

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You work hard, do your job well, and only take 3 toilet breaks a day. You feel you deserve a promotion. Matt got one last year and he can barely spell the word ‘promotion’. Plus, you don’t want to ask for one in person because let’s face it, it’s extremely awkward and only people with either little shame or massive confidence actually ask outright.

Before Starting

You want that promotion, but you don’t want to have to ask for it. What do you do? Before you follow these steps, first you need to know a couple of things in your job:

  1. Is there a space for a promotion where you work?
  2. Do you actually want a promotion with more responsibility or would a raise in your wages suffice?
  3. What does the timeframe look like and are you willing to take time to earn this promotion?

If you answered no to any of these three questions, you should maybe reconsider your aims before you try to get promoted.

So, if you are on the lookout for that promotion, and don’t want to go down the route of just bluntly asking for one, here are some steps you can take to get that career bump up.

Do More Than Just Your Job Description

You know what catches your employer’s attention? Doing that little bit extra that isn’t explicitly written in your job description. Trust me, there’s nothing bosses love more than to see more than one of their workers doing more than their fair share. That, and those videos of puppies howling. They’re pretty great too.

Do you have an office job? Take on more of that paperwork stuff, or whatever it is you do in offices. Work in Retail? Be more positive and create more sales. Come in earlier, stay on a bit later. If you can’t think of anything extra to do, you’re not thinking hard enough.

Do More Than Just Your Job Description

Now while putting in extra work, remember not to try to take on too much. Don’t overwhelm yourself, but do that bit extra to make your boss think “Maybe you’re more than just meat I can use relentlessly until you lose the will to live”, or something along those lines.

Realise That Merit Alone Doesn’t Always Work

Obviously this seems like a contradiction straight after saying you should do more than expected, but hear me out. Forbes state that factors and politics can come into play in the workplace when deciding who gets a promotion. So although you shouldn’t try too hard to brown-nose your boss (like Matt), be aware of what the situation is and what relationships are at play in your workplace.

Focus on what your employer values apart from work ethic – are they friendly with certain people in work? Why? Do they try to talk to you more informally? Do they have a negative opinion of you or the people you are friendly with in the workplace? Give your employer a more personal reason why they should give you a promotion.

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Learn New Skills and Grow

Is there anything you can improve on? Get yourself trained up in some different skills so you can grow as an employee, for the present and future. Get a new accreditation related to your field or complete an online course that would support the type of work your promotion would involve. If you haven’t noticed the trend, then basically just do courses until it hurts, and then do some more.

Give your CV that extra padding and grow as a worker (you can read about how you can get your CV up to scratch here). Make yourself the attractive promotion choice. Your boss will look at all these qualifications and will be like “I need me a bit of that” (more professionally, of course). Employers look for someone who will grow into new responsibilities.

Act Like A Leader

A promotion usually means some form of leadership in a new position, which means employers are looking for people who will lead, and lead by example. This means you have to be a leader, do things like taking on the mantle of leader for a team project you think you can do well in. It will be noticed when you take charge in a positive manner.

Dress like a leader as well. OfficeTeam says that 80% of executives think choice of clothing affects chances of promotion. In workplaces where there’s no dress code, dress for success. Get that suit out from the back of your wardrobe, get it dry cleaned (because it still has drink stains from Paddy’s wedding last year), and dress like someone who wants to be higher up the corporate ladder. If there is a dress code or uniform, keep the uniform clean, ironed and crisp. It’s really not that hard to keep clothes clean.

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By following these steps, you will get noticed in a way that your employer will feel they have to promote you. As long as you’re actually decent at your job. Kind of pointless looking for a promotion if you’re not.

Unless you’re Matt. Matt kind of sucks.

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How to Get a Promotion Without Actually Asking
February 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

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You work hard, do your job well, and only take 3 toilet breaks a day. You feel you deserve a promotion. Matt got one last year and he can barely spell the word ‘promotion’. Plus, you don’t want to ask for one in person because let’s face it, it’s extremely awkward and only people with either little shame or massive confidence actually ask outright.

Before Starting

You want that promotion, but you don’t want to have to ask for it. What do you do? Before you follow these steps, first you need to know a couple of things in your job:

  1. Is there a space for a promotion where you work?
  2. Do you actually want a promotion with more responsibility or would a raise in your wages suffice?
  3. What does the timeframe look like and are you willing to take time to earn this promotion?

If you answered no to any of these three questions, you should maybe reconsider your aims before you try to get promoted.

So, if you are on the lookout for that promotion, and don’t want to go down the route of just bluntly asking for one, here are some steps you can take to get that career bump up.

Do More Than Just Your Job Description

You know what catches your employer’s attention? Doing that little bit extra that isn’t explicitly written in your job description. Trust me, there’s nothing bosses love more than to see more than one of their workers doing more than their fair share. That, and those videos of puppies howling. They’re pretty great too.

Do you have an office job? Take on more of that paperwork stuff, or whatever it is you do in offices. Work in Retail? Be more positive and create more sales. Come in earlier, stay on a bit later. If you can’t think of anything extra to do, you’re not thinking hard enough.

Do More Than Just Your Job Description

Now while putting in extra work, remember not to try to take on too much. Don’t overwhelm yourself, but do that bit extra to make your boss think “Maybe you’re more than just meat I can use relentlessly until you lose the will to live”, or something along those lines.

Realise That Merit Alone Doesn’t Always Work

Obviously this seems like a contradiction straight after saying you should do more than expected, but hear me out. Forbes state that factors and politics can come into play in the workplace when deciding who gets a promotion. So although you shouldn’t try too hard to brown-nose your boss (like Matt), be aware of what the situation is and what relationships are at play in your workplace.

Focus on what your employer values apart from work ethic – are they friendly with certain people in work? Why? Do they try to talk to you more informally? Do they have a negative opinion of you or the people you are friendly with in the workplace? Give your employer a more personal reason why they should give you a promotion.

realise-that-merit-alone-doesnt-always-work

Learn New Skills and Grow

Is there anything you can improve on? Get yourself trained up in some different skills so you can grow as an employee, for the present and future. Get a new accreditation related to your field or complete an online course that would support the type of work your promotion would involve. If you haven’t noticed the trend, then basically just do courses until it hurts, and then do some more.

Give your CV that extra padding and grow as a worker (you can read about how you can get your CV up to scratch here). Make yourself the attractive promotion choice. Your boss will look at all these qualifications and will be like “I need me a bit of that” (more professionally, of course). Employers look for someone who will grow into new responsibilities.

Act Like A Leader

A promotion usually means some form of leadership in a new position, which means employers are looking for people who will lead, and lead by example. This means you have to be a leader, do things like taking on the mantle of leader for a team project you think you can do well in. It will be noticed when you take charge in a positive manner.

Dress like a leader as well. OfficeTeam says that 80% of executives think choice of clothing affects chances of promotion. In workplaces where there’s no dress code, dress for success. Get that suit out from the back of your wardrobe, get it dry cleaned (because it still has drink stains from Paddy’s wedding last year), and dress like someone who wants to be higher up the corporate ladder. If there is a dress code or uniform, keep the uniform clean, ironed and crisp. It’s really not that hard to keep clothes clean.

act-like-a-leader

By following these steps, you will get noticed in a way that your employer will feel they have to promote you. As long as you’re actually decent at your job. Kind of pointless looking for a promotion if you’re not.

Unless you’re Matt. Matt kind of sucks.



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