Promotion Time: How Do You Know When the Time is Right?

Meet Joanne Linden, CPS, CEAP, CWCA President and Master Trainer

You’ve been working to hone your skills and following your promotion strategy since Day One. Now, how do you know when it is time to have that critical conversation? Let’s talk about how to know it’s time to address your promotion.

If you feel like you have gathered enough experience and documented your progress, there are three questions to answer before approaching the Executive. According to a blog post entitled How To Ask For A Raise (And Actually Get One!) from The Interview Guys, a website dedicated to helping people get, keep, and grow within a job, they advise administrative professionals to make sure you know the answer to the questions below.

  • Do you deserve to be promoted?

Take a step back for a moment before confronting your boss and make sure this promotion, a significant life change, is what you want. Verify that you will be happy in the position you are working toward. Evaluate your coworkers and see if anyone else is working just as hard and has just as many skills as you do. Compare yourself to them. 

  • Have you done your research before asking for a promotion?

There are things to look into before approaching management about a significant change in their company. The article mentioned above states,make sure you know ahead of time exactly what you’re asking for and have a solid, well thought out dollar amount in your head. Don’t just make up a number; you’ll run the risk of asking for too much/too little.” Factoring in your current responsibilities and the tasks you complete above and beyond your experience level, use sites like PayScale or Comparably to determine salary ranges appropriate for the position you are asking for. You can also go on to job sites and see what other companies are paying individuals applying for the position you want.

  • Can your employer afford to give you a promotion?

Look into the company’s financial status and make sure you are not asking for something they cannot afford.

Strategic Timing

Once you are unbiased and confident about approaching your boss, several factors will set you up for success once you approach him or her. First, similar to asking your parents for something when you were a kid, ask your boss for a promotion when they are in a good mood. Second, if you happen to be offered a better position by another company that has noticed your workplace skills, this is the perfect time to ask the Executive to promote you. This particular circumstantial factor is not in your control, and that does not give you a right to lie that you have received another offer. Your boss will catch your bluff. Last but certainly not least, make sure you wait until the right time during the day to approach your boss. For example, if you ask for a moment with the Executive right before lunchtime, he or she may not be in the best mood due to hunger. The same thing applies to approaching him or her at the end of the workday. He or she may be tired and not have the patience to hear your case.

Now that you are positive that this is the right step for you in your next phase of life and the next stage of your career, please wait for the right time when everything falls into place and go for it!

Meet Joanne Linden, CPS, CEAP, CWCA President and Master Trainer