Career Advice

How To Get A Promotion

Posted by Heather Huhman

July 10, 2012

Last year, data gathered from LinkedIn found July to be one of the top three months for professionals to get a promotion within their company, along with January and June. There could be a variety of factors that make employers more prone to promote during these months, but it’s never the wrong time to ask your boss for a promotion if you think you truly deserve it.

Still, it can be nerve-wracking to approach your boss about such a tentative topic, so it’s best to go into the process prepared. Check out these tips—some based off the infographic below from WorkSimple, the social performance platform that helps individuals, teams, and businesses set focuses, share social goals, get feedback, and boost results—to make sure you land the promotion you want:

Toot your own horn. If you want to move up the career ladder, you’ve got to prove you can handle the added responsibility a promotion offers. Ensure you’ve been producing consistently good work, have been arriving to work on time, and have been working well with your colleagues. Document your accomplishments, and consider preparing a short presentation to show your boss how your work has helped the company. Be specific, and provide concrete numbers to prove you’ve helped the company grow.

Make friends in higher places. If your colleagues are noticing your increased efforts to connect and learn about what they do, chances are your boss will, too. Spend more time getting to know workers in the department in which you’re vying for a position. Consider taking some of your colleagues out to lunch to discuss what they do, or spend some time shadowing them. You’ll get a feel for some of your new responsibilities and you’ll be able to showcase your dedication.


Learn new skills. Most professionals don’t take a job with the intent of remaining stagnant in their position—they intend to learn and grow at work in the hope of advancing their careers. Show your boss you haven’t plateaued in the development of your skills by attending company workshops, attending and sharing relevant webinars, or taking classes.

Consider creating a new position. You may be vying for a promotion because of the fancier job title or inflated salary, but the crux of a promotion lies in its added responsibilities. Consider working backwards to land your new position by creating it yourself. Try asking your boss for more responsibilities before even mentioning the word “promotion.” If your boss agrees, you’ll have the chance to prove yourself before suggesting a new job title or salary.

A combination of dependability, skills, experience, and consistently good work can help you to move up the career ladder. Check out a few more ways for landing that promotion in the infographic below—and good luck!


What are some tips you would give to an employee looking for a promotion? Share your thoughts below.