I know it’s a little early to be thinking about resolutions and last minute New Year changes with inner and outter selves, but maybe it’s a good idea to get started. Especially, if you’re concentrated on your career.
Try these tips to help you get that promotion before the new year:
Make Sure You Have A Review
Many companies have an annual review, but if yours doesn’t, ask for one. “Review your 2013 goals and responsibilities and be prepared to share specific examples of how you met (or ideally exceeded) expectations,” says Colette Ellis, founder of InStep Consulting. Then, discuss your goals for the next year — which should include responsibilities given to someone at the next level — and how you’d meet them if given the opportunity.
Talk About Why You Already Deserve The Title
For instance, have you recent gotten an advanced degree in your field? “A degree may qualify you for a promotion, especially if a degree (first degree or advanced degree) is a requirement for a higher level position within your organization,” says Cheryl Palmer, founder of Call to Career, a career-coaching firm. Or, if you stood in for your manager when he was on leave, focus on that during your review. In other words, hone in on anything that shows you are already performing functions (or are educated) above your title and pay grade.
Remember To Ask
It seems simple, but if you wanted to be promoted, you’ll probably have to bring it up. Use the tips above, or play a little hardball with an outside offer if you have one. “Discuss how a competitor has offered you a similar job because they recognize how effective you’d be, but that you want to stay with your current employer,” says Ronald Kaufman, author of “Anatomy of Success.”