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7 Steps To Power Your
Way To A Promotion
Original article by Dorothy Tannahill-Moran
A promotion doesn’t just magically happen
because you want it to or because you “spent
enough time” in your current position.
Promotions take place because of
demonstrated ability to perform at the next
Here at seven steps to power your way to that
It’s not enough to simply want to be promoted;
you have to be clear about what you want to be
Granted, for some companies, you can be
doing virtually the same work and get
promoted, which is primarily a pay increase.
In this definition, we’re talking about a
promotion to a higher rank or position. With that
higher rank or position, comes a new set of
You must be clear about what the work is you
are targeting before you can create any plan to
Once you have identified the position you want
to be promoted to, you need to understand
what the job involves.
Most likely, there will be some additional tasks
that you may not have the experience or the
skills to perform.
In order for you to identify what development is
needed, it’s extremely important for you to
analyze the difference between where you are
right now and what will be demanded of you in
the other position.
The best way to a promotion is by obtaining
agreement and support on your development
from your immediate manager.
Create a development plan that you can review
with him/her based on your assessment (done
in step two).
You will want to know his/her perspective on
the demands of the job as well as the areas
they feel you need to develop.
Once you are in agreement on the various
development items, you need to work out the
details for when and how each element will be
Notice I didn’t say go to the boss and ask to be
promoted with nothing in your hand.
The act of taking responsibility for your
direction, giving thought to what you must do to
get there, and working with them show’s
When you are looking to grow, you must look
for opportunities to demonstrate you can take
on bigger responsibilities.
These might not be on your plan, but are still
great things to gain skill and experience.
Volunteer to fill in when someone in your target
position is out of the office, or to pick up a
project from them when they need to offload a
If those situations aren’t available, look toward
the work your boss does for the same chance
Be accountable to your plan.
Each time you achieve a development
milestone, it’s a good time to sit back down with
the boss and calibrate your plan.
You need to ask for feedback on both the items
you delivered as well as overall progress.
You need to know if what you are doing is truly
moving you forward toward that promotion, and
the only way to know is to ask.
As with everything, things change. The boss
leaves, the company reorganizes or you get
moved. You should expect that your path to
promotion will be a curving and sometimes
rough road. If you know that as you start, then
know you will occasionally need to make
adjustments to your plan.
Keep your eye on the goal and, when the
business changes, look at that event as an
Every change gives you a chance to solve
problems and let management know just how
indispensable you are.
If there is one message I would want to leave
you with it’s this: You are responsible for your
success, however you define it.
If a promotion is your next career goal, you
must be responsible for making it happen.
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