How to get a promotion
1. Use a framework
2. Know Your Role
3. Identify Pathways
4. Create a current state assessment
5. Create a Plan
6. Be Flexible (get feedback)
8. Have a contingency plan
10. Know your timeframes
Want to get a promotion?
Use a framework
The best approach is to really have a structured framework that you’re working towards which you can read more in my book “I’m Ready Now! – A Guide for Getting a Promotion”. This framework involved 10 steps to get that promotion.
Know Your Role
Know exactly what position or positions you’re going for and why you want to go for them.
Identify your pathways to a promotion.
Is your company very focused on formal pathways where you need to go to several interviews or is it better to network away into a promotion or maybe a combination?
Have a look at the last two years of promotions into the roles that you want to go into and see how people have successfully got into those roles.
Don’t pursue pathways that are not proven to be ones that actually work for people to get into those jobs.
Current State Assessment
Do a current state assessment so look around your environment and work out who the key influencers, stakeholders, and decision makers are in the promotion process. Make sure that you’ve got those people onboard and working for you in terms of getting a promotion.
Create A Plan
The next thing is to do is actually create a plan. Sit down and work through a plan on how you’re actually going to spend your time working towards a promotion and give yourself a timeframe of three to six months and tasks that you’re going to pursue every single week to get there.
The next step is to really monitor, revise, adapt your plan and check in. Check in weekly to see how your plan is going and if you’re progressing well to that plan. Also, give yourself a timeframe to say when you’re going to stop pursuing a promotion in your current department or workplace and to start looking outside your organisation.
I also really recommend within that plan to make sure that you are doing some level of external networking outside your existing department or company so that you have different options open if a promotion does not become available to you in the timeframe you want so that you can pursue a promotion somewhere else.
Have a contingency plan
Have contingency options in place so you don’t get a promotion in six months you know what you’ll do instead?
What is your next strategy?
If you do end up getting that promotion take some time to reflect, appreciate and take learnings on what you would do or repeat next time you’re going for a promotion.
The other tip I would give you is as soon as you get in your next promotion, start working towards your next one.
Understand your timeframes
If you haven’t been working towards a promotion and now you’ve started it generally takes a minimum of 6 to 12 if not 18 months to make that promotion happen. Particularly if you have to do it through informal ways such as networking as these networks can take a long time to build.
Those are my top tips for getting a promotion. I hope they really help you progress. Good luck with your career and as I said I’m Beatrice Crocker. If you want more download the book for free. It really helps layout all this information in detail and I created it to help women progress because we don’t always get access to this information.