promotionDo you have so many responsibilities at work that it’s hard to stay in control? Are you being paid the amount that you deserve? If the answer is yes and no respectively, you should be in line for a promotion. The thing is that the big bad boss won’t come to you – you have to go to them. Although it sounds like bad advice, asking for a promotion is the only way to push through the deal. Otherwise, you could wait for an eternity for people to see your value.


Communicating well with your boss when on the path to a promotion is essential, and like anything, there are some dos and don’ts. To make sure your conversation goes to plan, here are the things you should and shouldn’t offer.


Do: Promote Value


The point of a promotion is to reward the best employees for their skill and hard work. Any worker that can’t show that they are the best of the best isn’t going to get off to a good start. Employers want to see what sets you out from the rest of the pack, and you have to have the answers to the questions. To justify the step up, make a list of your skills and achievements. For maximum exposure, opt for the ones which are unique to you and nobody else. Did you push through a big deal, what about creating a marketing strategy? If you did, let the people in charge know about it.


Don’t: Over Play Your Hand

Everyone knows a friend that is desperate for a promotion, so they play office politics. They do it by telling the office snitch or viewing web pages like as the boss walks past. The aim is to get their attention, which it does, but not in a good way. In fact, it is one of the biggest mistakes an employee can make. All it shows the business is that you’re not a team player. Plus, it also shows a lack of patience and discipline. Instead of putting you in the promotion picture, it will cut you out.


Do: Make It About Your Company

Of course, it’s about you in reality. You want the promotion because you want more money, power and recognition. However, there is no need to say it out loud. Instead, play the modesty card and tell the higher-ups what they want to hear. What do they want to hear? They want to listen to how your appointment will impact the business. As businesspersons, they want the company to succeed. If you can show them it is possible, they won’t be able to turn you down. According to, the trick is to turn the tables and be the one to ask questions. For example, what does the company value the most, or how does it define success?


Don’t: Compare Against Colleagues


As soon as you get the interview, you will start to think about other people. It’s a weird dynamic, especially because you’re the only person that can affect your future. Still, it happens all the same. It’s essential to put these thoughts to the back of your mind when they do occur. Comparing your abilities to that of a colleague means they are in your head, which means you’re not focussing. Also, the bosses will read into your mentality. The company needs strong, fearless leaders, something you’re not if you’re worried about Joe Bloggs.


Do: Prepare

So, you have waited for years for the chance, but you’re not going to prepare? Why not? For one thing, not studying is not cool. After all, you’re not in high school any longer. For another, nailing the preparation is a big step in the right direction. Interviews are different, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have similar traits. believes there are words and phrases that employers want to hear regardless of the company, not to mention body language.


A successful interview is about being confident, and confidence comes from preparation. There is no need to be afraid if you know what’s coming.


Don’t: Throw People Under The Bus


It’s easy to lose sight of your morals when you’re looking to enhance your career. The problem is that people tend to use others for their gain, and that can haunt you in the future. There is no need to burn bridges in the workplace because you never know who you’ll need down the line. The best option is to be like Switzerland and stay neutral.


As long as you communicate properly, anything is possible.