Views From Above

Asking for a promotion can be quite tricky and leave you feeling nervous and uneasy. How, finding the right time to do it and putting on a brave face are important to help you advance your career. Let’s look at some of the signs that you are ready to confront your boss. First, try checking in with your boss about how you are performing in your current role at work. If you have been doing more than what is asked for longer than you had intended it might be time to ask for that promotion.

Secondly, let’s look at how your hard work has impacted the business as a whole. Focus on the contributions you have made and how things may have gone differently had you not made those contributions. Using the past six months sit down and really analyze what the quality of your work has been and how it has helped the company to progress.

Finally, go over any prerequisites that were required of you and determine if you have lived up to the company’s expectations or not. Make sure to document any evidence you may have in a very organized manner as well. Sit with your boss and ask him about a possible promotion. If you are declined, don’t get discouraged. Your boss will remember you are actively aiming for that next shot at the promotion.

Key Points:

  • 1There are several ways in which you can ensure you will be ready to ask your boss for a promotion.
  • 2If you’ve already been doing the job you want for the last 6 months or more, it could mean a promotion is more likely.
  • 3If the work you have been doing has had a very evident impact on the company, your boss might be more likely to promote you.


If you’re struggling to identify how your work fits into big-picture company goals, you might need to postpone your promotion request and instead work with your manager on a strategy to make your work more impactful.

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