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How to Propose a Promotion to Your Manager

You've held your position at work for awhile and you feel like you have proven yourself as an excellent employee, so you're wondering why your boss hasn't promoted you yet. Sometimes in order to get the credit you deserve at work, you have to point out your accomplishments and additions to the team to your boss. Although this can be nerve-racking, it is definitely worth the effort if it can help to give your career and your salary a well-deserved boost.

Explain the reasons why you believe you deserve to be promoted. You need to have specific examples in order to support your cause. This can be things such as gaining large accounts, if you're a salesperson, or designing award-winning websites if you're a web designer.

Clearly state to your boss that you would like to receive a promotion. Never assume that your boss will pick up on subtle hints that you want to move up the ladder. By not directly stating that you think you deserve to be promoted, your boss may assume that you're satisfied in your current role.

Consider what direction you would like to take your career in next. Your boss is not a mind reader. If you know what you want, she will be better equipped to help you get there. Otherwise, you may end up being promoted to a job that you don't actually want. If you find yourself in this situation, do not hesitate to speak up, as your job plays a very large role in your daily happiness.

Make it clear to your boss that you enjoy working with her, and your desire for a promotion has nothing to do with your relationship with her. Even if you don't actually like your boss, you don't want to cause any hurt feelings, and you might want to use her as a reference in the future. In this case, assure your boss of your other reasons for seeking a promotion.


Laura Jerpi has been working in marketing since 2007. She is an interactive copywriter who writes for Thought Leadership Publications, Ai InSite and South Source. Jerpi holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University.