As 2013 is coming close to an end, many of us have already started to consider our personal and professional goals for 2014. Some want to lose 10 pounds, others want to start their own businesses and many want to be considered for a promotion or pay raise.
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Just because we are less than two months away from the New Year does not mean you are not currently being considered for a bigger and better role within your company. Think positive, put the below suggestions into play and sit back with open arms for the new roles, responsibilities and pay incentives that may come!
As noted in a recent CBSnews.com article, here are the top five ways to get promoted before 2014.
1. 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.
2. Ask Your Mentor To Put In A Good Word
Ideally, you’ve been developing a relationship with someone close to the people who make the decisions, and can call on that now. “An internal mentor who is well placed within the organization can wield his or her influence in your favor,” says Palmer.
3. 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.
4. Note What’s In It For Them
Why would your company benefit from promoting you and giving you more responsibility? “For example, you may have some ideas that would significantly contribute to the success of a new initiative, and a promotion would give you the opportunity to implement those ideas,” says Palmer.
5. 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.”
Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.
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