CONTRIBUTED BY ELLE. F | Instagram : @brilliant.elle)
A promotion isn’t just a title change and a better paycheck. A promotion gives you purpose and challenges you to be more. Some people can go to the same job, every day, and go through the motions they know oh too well. That’s called being complacent, and that’s also very boring. Not everyone is striving to be great which is unfortunate but hey, it’s perfect for the ones who want more out of life! If you feel it’s time for more, you need to break through that glass ceiling and get what is deserved. It’s not about competition, although why should you settle for less if you’re already doing more? Have the career you deserve, and get paid for it!
So you’ve been in your position for many months now, and it’s beginning to feel mundane. You show up early, do your job, and stay late while people around you are watching the clock and relating to “is it Friday yet?” posts on Facebook. Maybe it’s time you move on and up! If you actually want to grow within the company, maybe it’s time for some incentive, ahem, a raise. Anytime you’ve become complacent with your job, it’s time for a change. Yes, it’s great you have your daily tasks down pact, and you can basically do it with your eyes closed, but what’s your purpose now?
You should be trying to out-do yourself, and I’m not talking about agreeing to overtime. I’m talking about taking on tasks your superiors may need help with. This shows you’re interested in learning more, like you said you wanted to at your interview…remember? Once you show you’re able to not only do your tasks, but those of your superiors, you have the juice. The best part of this is that your workday/workweek will fly by now, without having to browse through Facebook to kill time.
Before stepping into your boss's office demanding a raise, take a step back and reevaluate your goals. If you’re looking to learn more about your company, look to those who you’d like to learn from or help and show them you can do it too. We’re in a rapidly changing world, and companies are competing by using new technology, new equipment, and new techniques. Find out what they are so that you may mention them to your supervisor or boss to help the company, and yourself, duh. Check your company's website or ask around to find out if any positions will open up in the near future. If you’re looking to learn fundamentals or new advances in your position but at a different company, check out what the goal company asks for, and take on the additional tasks so that when you apply, you’re more than qualified.
If you’re looking outside of your company, I’ve always liked searching on Glassdoor.com to see what positons are open, and how much the average salary is. This also helps if you’re in a position you like, but want a raise and need an idea of how much more you should be asking for. Only you know your worth, but having an idea of what the average salary is gives you the upper hand of how much you can ask for realistically. Glassdoor.com also gives you an opportunity to see what each company offers from reviews, benefits, employee reviews, and even interview questions! No one is ever as prepared for an interview as they think they are, but if you know what questions are asked, you’ll be able to answer them without an awkward pause. Some companies even ask that you memorize their mission statement so better safe, than sorry!
Now that you have an idea of what your next career step will be, redo your resume. Don’t just edit it by adding your current company, position, and your job description. Ask someone who knows, maybe someone who you are sure has a great resume, and ask them to help you vamp it up. Try ResumeGenius.com if you want expert advice. This is YOUR future so if you must invest, invest wisely. Even if you just browse through the website and check out tips, it’s worth your time. They even send you job alerts so your goals are even closer than you think. It’s a known fact that hiring managers take an average of 6 seconds to look at your resume. Make those seconds count, and don’t get your resume thrown in the trash!
Whether you’re trying to get a promotion, a raise, or both, you MUST be prepared. It’s important to be thorough so that your request is taken seriously. You have to handle it like the first interview, and bring your best. Also, talk about yourself like the new person you’ve become from the experience you’ve gained in your position. Your interviewer will have a lot going on so make sure you work on a speech that is short and to the point. Keep in mind, body language is crucial so sit up straight, maintain eye contact (not too much, don’t be weird) and be direct with any hand gestures to show you’re sure of yourself.
1. Thank them for taking out the time to speak with you. It shows that you understand their time/company time is valuable.
2. Hand them your brand new resume, and express that you’d like them to take a look at your accomplishments so far within the company.
3. As you speak, emphasize the importance of your role and your goals for yourself moving forward, as well as for your team.
4. Include the tasks you’ve either done, or would like to become competent in. If you’re looking for a promotion, this step is especially important.
5. Mention any advances in your position, and/or in competing companies that you’d like to apply and educate your peers on. Even if your goal is to leave eventually, the experience is priceless.
6. Assure them that you’ve done your research and ask for your raise in the form on a percentage. If your boss asks what that number is exactly, you may say it, but using a percentage is more professional.
7. If they counter your offer with an offer you feel is too low, ask to take time to consider it. If they need to get back to you, make sure you let it be known that you’re only willing to go down to X, so to set a standard.
8. Finally, thank them again for their time and look forward to hearing good news.
This is your career on the line, so if you feel you’re deserving, make sure you prove it with facts. Don’t worry stating the hours you’ve worked and don’t knock your less than valuable co-workers, they already know all of this. If you’ve proven yourself up until this point, this last phase will happen naturally.