How To Improve Your Skills Before Asking For A Job Promotion

There are many small things that you can do to improve your skills and approach your manager for a raise or job promotion. Whether it is a pay raise or a move into a higher level position, you want to be able to present yourself as the right candidate.

First thing to consider is whether or not this new position has any obvious additional skills you may need.

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There are many small things that you can do to improve your skills and approach your manager for a raise or job promotion. Whether it is a pay raise or a move into a higher level position, you want to be able to present yourself as the right candidate.

First thing to consider is whether or not this new position has any obvious additional skills you may need. For example, if you would like to move into the Sales Management position from your current sales position, you may consider taking a public speaking course or management skills course. These are courses you can take online at your convenience and will look fabulous on your resume.

Next, check to see if there are any training programs available at your company. Often larger corporations have skill enhancement courses available through the Human Resources department. Completing these programs will show that you not only possess the skills necessary to obtain this new position, but you also have the initiative to accomplish these tasks.

Evaluating Skills

If you are looking for a pay raise only, start by evaluating your past performance yourself. Ask yourself questions such as:

  • Have I been to work on time?
  • Do I frequently call off?
  • Are my assignments completed on time?
  • Is my desk over piled with paperwork and tasks needing to be finished?

Answer these questions honestly. If you do not like the answers that you have given yourself, then set the goal to improve these areas.

If you find that you can answer all these types of questions positively, it is time to approach the appropriate person for a raise. Make sure you have an appointment or set time to meet with management. You do not want them to be in a hurry to move you out the door. Present to them the facts (all business related) why you would like to have a raise. Include items such as perfect attendance, willingness to take on more responsibility and any accomplishments that you have had recently at the company. Do not approach your manager and say “I really need a raise because you just don’t pay me enough for what I do around here”. Positive speech patterns will result in positive actions.

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