When and How to Ask for a Promotion
Do you want to move up to a higher position at your company and receive better pay or benefits? Then it may be time to sit down with your manager and request a promotion.
Here’s how to do that: Ask to schedule a meeting to discuss your role, and approach the discussion respectfully. Your request has the best chance of succeeding if you can point to a specific position you’d like to be promoted into and if you present convincing reasons why a promotion would be appropriate right now. If any of the following reasons apply to you, then you can make a good case that you deserve a promotion.
1. Your responsibilities have grown
You may find that your job description has gradually changed over the course of a year or two, and that you’re doing more than when you first joined the company. For example, you might have been hired as a front desk agent, but now you help train and supervise four other employees. This means that your responsibilities have increased but your job title and pay haven’t kept up with those changes. It makes sense to call this to your employer’s attention and ask that your new role be made official through a promotion.
2. Wages have gone up in your area
When you hear that wages at nearby hotels are rising and there’s competition for employees, you’re in a good position to request a new role because your employer knows you have many other options nearby. This request shouldn’t be presented as a hard sell, though, so don’t say, “I’m leaving if you don’t promote me.” Instead, try phrasing it as, “I’m hearing about a lot of new managerial opportunities, and I think the management route would be a good fit for my skills. I believe I’m ready to take on a new job. Could we talk about the assistant manager positions that just opened up?”
3. You received a great performance review
If your supervisor has recently given you a great review, this is a good time to ask for a promotion. Thank your supervisor for the recognition you’ve received, and explain that you’d like to continue to push yourself to learn and grow on the job. Ask if you can transition to a new position. Your employer will probably be open to this request since you’ve already met and exceeded expectations.
4. You've worked for the same salary/benefits for several years
You might think that after you do good work for a while, your employer will eventually reward you with a promotion. But that may not automatically happen; your employer might be waiting for you to take the initiative and ask for a new role. Your employer might even assume that if you don’t ask, it’s because you don’t want additional responsibilities. Let your employer know that you are looking for a new challenge and you’d like to move up to the next level of your career.
5. You're better qualified than when you were hired
Have you completed a new certification or earned a degree since you started at your current job? Talk to your employer about the skills you learned or the subjects you studied, and show how you could apply them on the job if you were promoted.