Promotion, Career and Raise - Zinny Factor

One of the things ambitious workers look out for is career progression in whatever form it may come. A promotion which often comes with a raise is no exception and this is a form of motivation for many workers.

If you’ve been working in a role for a long time with no change to your salary, you might become bored and depressed on the job. A new challenge is an opportunity for a fresh start and spark, but how can you achieve this – a raise?

There are two ways about deriving a promotion and raise: internally in the organization you currently work for or getting a new job. Most often than not, people will seek a new job as this is an opportunity to take advantage of their past experience to grow their career and also ask for a higher salary.

Whichever route you choose to go depending on all other external factors, these tips below will come in handy.

1. Work hard but be smart about this

It’s always good to be a hardworking employee but if your effort isn’t noticed this can be detrimental. When sending vital emails, copy all necessary parties, so that they are aware of your work.

To climb the career ladder, you should be willing to go beyond the bare minimum and make sure that you maintain a relationship with key stakeholders and decision makers within the organization. This shouldn’t be associated with eye service.

2. Research what is next for your career progression

What is a typical career progression for your current role in your industry? This should be the question on your mind. A good way to find this answer is via LinkedIn as this platform now acts as a transparent resume for almost about any worker these days! The days of secrecy are long gone. You can see what others in the industry have done to get to where they are and try to emulate that.

Did they take courses? Is there a pattern? You could also see if there is a career or succession plan in your current organization and how you can get to the next stage of your career within the company.

3. Speak to the decision maker, talk about your intended promotion

Most leaders in the workplace are busy and might not take your career path into consideration. So you’ll have to take ownership of your career and make your intentions known. This is basically self advocacy which quite honestly can be difficult to do especially if you are an introvert. If you want to move to a department where you don’t directly report to the manager, let him/ her know. Offer to help when they have a workload, this is a gradual way of showing your intentions.

Note that to get to this stage of making your intentions known to someone you don’t currently report to, you have to be absolutely good at your current role. This is so that if for any reason this person speaks with your current manager, he/ she will only have good things to say about you.

4. Look for a new job

There are several articles that have been published on the blog relating to how to get a new job. You can use the search bar to find these. A quick search for ‘job‘ shows a  number of articles and you can go through previous articles for a related post.

All the same, truth remains that you’ll have to do some work on your end like schedule interviews at the right time to not conflict with your present job, prepare to answer questions correctly and so on. But it’s not something that is impossible and that’s the great part! We’ve also shared a Resume Template that you can download for free.

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Lastly, if a raise isn’t realistic or available at your company, ask if bonuses are available. Bonuses are a good way to get an increase while you work your way to a promotion by the side.

What do you think of these tips? Have you successfully negotiated a raise or a promotion? Please share your tips in the comment section and let’s keep the conversation going! Remember to subscribe to the blog to receive exclusive notes from Zinny as well as updates.

*Note that this article first appeared on The Guardian Nigeria.