Getting a promotion without asking for it
Asking for a promotion can be one of the most daunting and awkward experiences of the beginning of your career. How to ask for a raise? Studies also show that us, women tend to overthink and delay these conversations as we often feel like frauds or simply aren't ever told how to go about asking. The good news is, that you won't always have to ask for it. We talked about getting a raise here, but getting a promotion is something else. It is about getting more interesting projects, taking on more responsibilities and growing. Pending that you are of course in a healthy work environment with healthy work relationships and that you are pulling your weight, there are 5 things that you can start implementing to your work ethic and style to make promotions happen to you- let's say, more naturally.
#1 Be the Above and Beyond person
If you think in terms of personal brand, think on how you can brand yourself as the trusted powerhouse who consistently delivers quality work on time and goes above and beyond the assignment. They key is to sense what is at stake, what does your boss need, what the others on the team are ready and not ready to do. If you do this with grace and good faith, in time your boss will notice these situations occurring and will trust you with more challenging tasks. This is fast track to promotion.
#2 Think of your growth not your title
From my past experience and from managing people, I would say that the people who did climb the promotion ladder faster were individuals who actually were not interested in gaining status per se. They weren't in for the politics, they weren't in for the title. They wanted to grow, to learn and to have fun in the process. And it paid off. Each time. Forget the status and don't be focused on the bigger, shinier title. Do your upmost best, push yourself to learn new things, do contribute where others won't and that promotion will come your way.
#3 Be part of your boss' agenda
Each time I got a promotion, I had put my boss's agenda first. Her/his' wins were my wins. We were a team, and I showed up not just for support but to make it happen for our team. This is partly politics true, but also partly team collaboration. If you - in good faith- understand and promote the goals of your boss and work your a$$ of to help her/he progress, you will be rewarded for it. It is about being a team, and understanding that you are here to grow, but first you are here to learn and to contribute.
#4 Be strategic about the projects you take on
The higher up you will go, the more intricate your job will become. And it should. Challenge is good. Managing different layers of complexity is more than just being clever; it’s about your attitude in dealing with multiple stakeholders, multiple tasks with variable goals and implementation strategies. It is important that you selecgt projects that will take you there. So when your review comes up, you have the right projects to defend your request. It is also important to observe and adopt the attitude that you should have when stressful situations and individuals come your way. Your boss will look into that for sure and assess your readiness to take on more based on it.
#5 Show proactivity
Mid and high-level jobs usually mean figuring out what you should do and not being told what to do. It is about navigating the odds. Your boss won't be on your back, and chances are that they will have very limited face to face availabilities. So it is about understanding the goals, and taking on the right projects, meeting the right people and prioritising in the right way to achieve these goals without being told so. And then report. Take initiatives, be proactive, come up with solutions and alternatives to problems and show you don't need a roadmap. You can figure out one.
There is of course no perfect recipe to get a promotion, but if you score these wins and get into the habit of following these principles, there should be very little awkwardness of proving your worth and readiness to move to the next level.
We are keen to hear your experience about promotions, or your plan towards promotion, so hit us in the comments section!