Have you been hard at work at your company for some time and are thinking of fighting for a higher position? We get it, professional conversations can be tough to navigate and nerve-wracking at the same time but don’t let your emotions get the better of you and allow yourself to remain in the status quo due to fear. There are plenty of ways to get yourself ready before you ask for a chat with your superiors. Here is how you can start to make your case.
1. Be Clear About Your Intentions
First things first, you will have to know very clearly what you are asking for. Yes, you might be asking for a promotion that comes with pay raise but is your intention monetarily driven or emotionally driven? Do you simply want to be paid more, or do you want to feel more valued in the company? Let your superiors know what you are expecting so they can fulfil your requests appropriately.
Before approaching your boss for a sit-down session, do your homework by gathering intel in the office. Find out if it is socially acceptable in your company to be asking for a performance appraisal before it is due, if anyone else has tried asking for a promotion/pay raise in the past – did they succeed or fail, and what are some reasonable requests that are likely to be accepted by higher-ups in your company. If you have a colleague in the office with the office, seek his or her advice.
2. Build Your Case
In order to fight for a promotion that you feel has been a long time coming, you will have to prove to your superiors that you deserve one. Other than recognising that you are a valuable member of the company, you will have to be aware of all the contributions you have made to the company and have the courage to mention them. Do not be afraid to sell yourself and name every single accomplishment that you have attained since your last review or since you joined the company. Think of it as having a job interview again.
On top of substantiating your promotion request with your achievements, such as having the top sales numbers for several months or taking up more work than everyone else in your team, highlight how you intend to further improve yourself to continue contributing to the company with your abilities. This way, your bosses will be convinced that you are here for the long haul, which makes them feel more inclined to promote you.
3. Upskill Yourself
If you don’t think that you have contributed enough to your team to justify a promotion, start working on improving your craft and adding on to your current portfolio by upskilling yourself. By upskilling yourself, you can show your superiors that you are devoting time to improve yourself in order to better serve the company and to bring a more diverse skill set to work.
Useful courses that can complement your current qualifications include coding courses, language courses and leadership training courses. Language courses can be an effective way to improve your communication skills and public speaking skills in the long run as well.
Here at School of Language International, we have private, one to one English lessons that can be customised to individual adult learner’s needs. You can make use of our customisable English classes to learn corporate jargon or sales jargon that are commonly used in your industry to serve clients better and improve your work efficacy.
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