How do you get a promotion without leaving your current company? In the first episode of the three-part series of ‘How To Get A Promotion Without Leaving Your Current Company’ we discuss the first step in the process which is assessing where you are right now.
Hello There, this is Aisha, Founder of the World in her Words. Thank you so much to those of you who completed the career woman survey and told me about the challenges you face in your career.
Now a lot of you wanted to know about this topic so I thought I’d tackle it first. Let’s talk about how to get a promotion without leaving your current company.
Talking about promotions and pay increases can be uncomfortable for a lot of us – you have to sell yourself, talk about money, your achievements and that can be uncomfortable.
I know I struggle with talking about my achievements so when I went through the process of getting promoted it was weird for me. It was a good experience and I’m glad I went through it. I learned a lot of things.
For example, it showed me the importance of writing down what you do, keeping track of your results, and making sure the impact of it is measurable.
You might be doing so much and then you forget about it because you haven’t written it down. If you’re not doing this already, start writing down what you do on a weekly or monthly basis and tracking your wins.
Sidenote: This will also come in handy if you do decide to get a promotion outside of your current company. Just saying!
I also learned that it’s better to work on a few big projects and execute them really well. Instead of trying to do so many different things at once.
Now there’s some mystery around how to get a promotion, and different companies have different processes. When I did a quick Google search of how to get a promotion, what popped up talked about dressing the right way and being extra nice to colleagues.
Now, don’t get me wrong, those are all nice things to do, but I really wanted to create a step by step process for you, it’s straightforward and can be applied to different industries.
So, how do you get a promotion without leaving your current company? I’ve broken this down into three steps. The first step is to assess where you are now.
The second step is to understand the company’s promotion process. And finally, create a plan of action for how you’re going to get a promotion. In today’s episode, I’ll be talking about the first step, which is assessing where you are.
In next week’s episode, I’ll talk about the second step, understanding your company’s promotion process, and the week after we’ll talk about the last step, how to actually create your plan of action. Now, my podcasts will be kept to five minutes or less so it’s easy for you to digest.
Let’s go straight into step one, assessing where you are. It’s important to understand how your performance is viewed by you and your manager because your manager is going to play a huge part in whether or not you’ll be promoted.
So what are your targets? What are you being assessed on and how is your performance measured? What is your rating at the moment?
Are you seen as a high performer, mid-range, or low performer?
You can do a self-assessment first – write down all the things you’re doing in your role, list the targets you’ve reached, and key wins – things you are proud of.
Next book a meeting with your manager. Sidenote: You should be having regular 1 – 1s with your manager – either weekly, biweekly, or monthly. If you aren’t already – have a discussion with them and schedule those in.
Your goal during the meeting with your manager will be to understand their view on what you are assessed on and how they think you are doing.
Ask them what they think you’d need to do to get to the next level. Make sure you take notes and send them to your manager in an email afterward so there’s a record of the discussion and they can also clarify anything that you’ve misunderstood.
Another thing you can do is speak to your colleagues – the ones you work with regularly. How do they view your performance?
Some companies have mechanisms for collecting 360 feedback through performance reviews yearly. If you have a record of those – go back and read what your colleagues have said.
What are you great at and what can be improved? If you don’t have that mechanism, ask your colleagues directly. You can create your own survey and ask them to give you feedback anonymously.
Once you understand what you’re assessed on, how your performance is viewed, and how you can get to the next level. It’s time to take the next step – understanding the promotion process.
In the next episode, of how to get a promotion without leaving your current company, I’ll talk about how to understand your company’s promotion process.
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If you’re considering a promotion, what’s the biggest challenge you have? Take care for now!
You can listen to episode 2 here.