In the summer, work may start to slow down, but as Glassdoor writer Heather Huhman point out, studies show that June is one of the best months to score a promotion. That’s great news, particularly if you’ve been eying a move up the ol’ corporate ladder, but you can’t just barge into your boss’ office and demand a fancy new title and higher salary. As Huhman writes in “6 Steps to Scoring a Promotion in the Next 30 Days,” there are some key things to consider before making your request. Keep reading to get her expert advice.
1. Have a Little Faith — In order to land that promotion, Huhman writes, you’ve got to believe in yourself. The self-confidence will help motivate you, and once you start believing you’re a great employee with lots to offer the company, the higher-ups are bound to follow suit.
2. Be a Stand-Out Player — This one’s a little tricky, as Huhman says you don’t necessarily have to be an all-star employee. By simply doing high-quality work in a timely manner and maintaining a demeanor that suggests you’re happy with your job and grateful for the opportunity to contribute, you’ll make people notice you.
3. Get Noticed by the Bigwigs — It’s one thing for your boss to know you’re a great employee, but it’s even more important to prove your worth to the “movers and shakers,” as Huhman calls them. Reach out to them and share your accomplishments. “By having a few of these employees on your side, you’re likely to have several strong references who can vouch for your performance when you ask for a promotion,” Huhman writes.
4. Get Prepared — When you approach your boss about the promotion, be sure to have a clear idea of the title you want and how the new position fits into your overall career plan. You’ll also want to prove you deserve the promotion by creating a portfolio highlighting your accomplishments.
5. Know When to Ask — As is often the case, timing is everything. Don’t ask for the promotion while the boss is fighting a big deadline or preparing to leave on vacation, and begin by simply asking to schedule a meeting to talk about your performance.
6. Keep At It — When you ask your boss to meet up, it’s entirely possible he or she will give you the runaround. Bosses get busy, and you’re not their only priority. Stay on them, though, and if they turn you down, don’t lose hope. Instead, Huhman writes, think of other ways to “lead yourself toward your desired position.”