Snap. You know, the card game right? If you match the latest card exactly then you can go on to win. So what’s this got to do with securing your promotion? Actually, quite a lot.
Often clients I work with are a bit bemused (and often very disappointed) that they’ve not been offered the promotion they expected. They know they do a great job. They also know that their boss rates their work. It seems a forgone conclusion that when the next step up becomes available they will be in the best position to be offered the role.
In reality though, it is often the case that we need to put more effort than we might think into arguing the case that we are right for the next challenge. We need to show that we do really match perfectly with what they are looking for.
It’s easy to think ‘well they already know that I can do the job because they’ve seen me in action’. The truth is, whilst your line managers may believe you are ready they are going to have to justify your selection both to themselves and to other key decision makers, just as they would for an initial hire.
So what can you do to make the process go more smoothly?
Here are my top 5 tips which I’ll also be exploring in much more detail during our free Nail that Promotion webinar on Thursday 23 June 7.30-8.30pm.
5 tips to nail that promotion
1. Interrogate your skills
What exactly are you brilliant at? What specific skills could you bring to the new role beyond the fact that you already know the team and the organisation.? If you find it hard to outline your main strengths then its likely so will other people. Invest some time thinking about what you are really offering.
2. Be the difference
When was the last time that you had a significant impact in your current job? How did you go above and beyond what was expected of you? Past behaviour is often seen as a reliable indicator of future performance so the onus is on you to remind your line managers of the numerous occasions when you demonstrated you can really add value.
3. Tackle your CV
Haven’t updated your CV since you landed your current job? Even if you need to apply for the promotion through an internal application form or some other process, use this situation as a stimulus to refresh and renew your CV. Treat it like a project, the aim of which is to remind you of all the great stuff you’ve achieved and what skills you’ve honed over the past few months or years. Updating your CV can also be great interview preparation too as your relevant skills examples will be fresh in your mind.
4. Show your enthusiasm
Beyond the increase in pay and responsibilities, what does your organisation want this role to achieve? Don’t be shy of revealing your motivation for the promotion by asking questions which demonstrate your suitability for the job. What’s the focus for the next 5 years? How can they see this aspect of the job developing? Show it matters to you and why.
5. Build momentum
Who do you need to impress beyond your line manager to secure this promotion? Start taking a more active roles in team meetings to demonstrate your readiness for the next level. Take time to identify other colleagues who you might be working with more closely in the future and start networking now.
And last of all, register for my webinar
Sounds great but unsure exactly how to do this? Then make sure you join us for our free webinar on this very topic Nail that Promotion webinar on Thursday 23 June 7.30-8.30pm.
In the meantime, good luck and remember aim for SNAP!