Getting a promotion can seem like a big career leap for many of the women I speak to. I work with a lot of introverted women like me who are good at their job but aren’t owning their worth. They usually have more than six years plus experience and the skills to match but feel intimidated by others or feel asking for one is awkward and even a little bit embarrassing.
So, in this post I want you think about how you can start thinking about getting a promotion because this is something, I have made happen for a few of my clients.
1. What is your why?
Be clear about why you want to be promoted employers want reasons as to why you are motivated to want more. This is going to be different for everyone. Some of you may want more from your own career development. For others maybe you want to get more money as you have been in the company for a while and want to be rewarded for this.
Many of the women I have worked with often want a promotion to help them grow professionally and learn new skills and qualifications that they may not get access to if they stay in their current role. Or they just want the recognition they truly deserve and just feel more valued as a result of being promoted because the responsibility helps them learn more and help others who are newer to the organisation. Do want to learn and train others and be in a leadership role and be a mentor for others? Whatever your reason be clear about it so you can have a clear focus towards where you want to be.
Also, make sure it’s your decision and yours alone. You may see friends and others progressing in their career and that’s great but if you don’t want what they have it don’t go for it.
Some people’s why may include buying a new house, going on holiday renovating their house getting married, etc.. What are the benefits of your unique why, journal about this if it helps you declutter all the fog in your brain. I suggest my clients do this when it’s too overwhelming for them to explain their why.
2.If you don’t ask you don’t get
I often see very talented women wanting a promotion but feeling shame around money or seeing someone younger or someone perhaps less experienced get the opportunity instead. If you don’t ask you don’t get so it’s important to have the courage to start thinking about your growth here too. It may even be that you could have faced a set up in your personal life that causes you to doubt your own abilities. Things like being bullied by a previous boss, redundancy going through a divorce becoming a mum etc could play a part in this too.
Communicate and tell your managers you want a promotion in an enthusiastic and sensible way and why you are worthy of one especially if you want to stay in your organisation.
If you really want a promotion asking for one can be the first step and if this doesn’t help look elsewhere. Most of the women I have helped get promoted have taken action to get there. This is properly not what you want to hear but if you really know what your why is and it’s important for you to progress then you need to take more consistent action to get there.
If you really want to get promoted, then experience is important but don’t let your experience hinder you either This is one of the problems I see with the women I talk to who need my support with this. They often talk themselves out of applying for a higher-level job and promotion. This can happen for several reasons, but they feel their experience although worthy isn’t everything. Also, the fear of success and imposter syndrome can hold them back from applying and getting a promotion and can feel overwhelming. I want to challenge you here a little bit. Your experience will help you be a good mentor to others in your company and if your managers don’t see this you need to find an organisation that will.
If you see that your ethics aren’t in line with the current place you work, it could even be the work culture is making you feel that you can’t get a promotion. Remember your experience does count but it’s important you value it and show how it helps you develop too. Be confident in how it helps you stand out and why you are the best person for such and such role. Don’t be afraid to shine a light on the good work, recognitions, and projects you have contributed towards. You aren’t showing off but demonstrating how you have had an impact and made an imprint in the work you do and thus should be valued.
Also, think about your own personal reputation in your organisation what do you people say about you? Are you a “go-to person” make sure you capitalise on this and make it a USP to help you get a better position you deserve? Also having certain skills or specialisms can help you be seen as an expert or leader depending on the roles you are looking for.
4. Keep going until you get a promotion
You can’t give up on the first hurdle if you know you are clear on your why and have asked and have the experience all you need to do is keep applying for higher-level roles. I have had a few clients who haven’t got there the first time and that’s ok. Practice makes perfect but remember if you really want to be in a different job and get paid what you are worth don’t give up.
Finding a new job can take time if you are in a full-time role. If you really want it to happen for you give yourself a goal of when you would be in a new job. It can take an average of 3-6 months or more to get a new job, so you need to be patient and not give up. It’s also important you work for an organisation that fits around your lifestyle too. If you are a working mum is there flexible working hours etc.
If you know you want support with this why not apply for a 15-minute call to see how I can best support, you move forward with this. You can book a call here
I offer a 4-week job hunting mentoring program for women who are professionals and already in employment to help support with this see here
Wishing you all the best and I hope this blog post helps you take action to apply for a promotion that you so deserve.