In an ideal world you wouldn’t have to apply for a promotion instead your talents would be recognized and you would be rewarded with a promotion. Unfortunately, that ideal situation rarely happens. So, what is the first step that you should take when looking for an internal promotion?
It may seem daunting at first, but you should contact your current manager. Your manager can help you develop a plan for the future. Often times they can be your #1 fan and will do everything in their power to promote you as a well-rounded employee.
First, you need to have a discussion about your career. Be straightforward and tell your manager that you are loyal to the company, but are interested in pursuing another position.
Secondly, ask them to reach out to other managers or the manager hiring for the position you are interested in. Your manager can recommend you to another manager and you can be promoted- without a job opening even being posted.
Lastly, you need to be sure that you are still completing all of your daily tasks at your current job. Even though you are enlisting the help of your current manager you do not want to slack on your current duties.
I have personally used these tips and asked my manager to help pave my future path within my current company. Not only was my manager happy to help but also eager to help develop my talents within the company.
How did you get your current promotion? Leave us a comment below.