Roberto Rodriguez Flores's response felt the most creative. He used line breaks to tell his concise advice and we were enraptured by his tenacity and spirit.
This is one of those questions that almost every employee may have wondered in their career. Maybe you kind of got an answer or never really got a clear answer? Or maybe you got the usual “it really depends” response...
Try asking the boss and you may forget why you asked in the first place...
So, then... that brings us back to what is the best way to ask your boss for a promotion?
Well, it’s simple. You don’t. Think about it. A promotion is really just a change in position.
You are still the same person if you are the CEO or the damn cashier of a store. You are just in a different position with different responsibilities. Think to your childhood, when you played dodgeball in PE, who got picked first to be on the teams? The good kids. How’d you know they were good? They showed skill on previous dodgeball days.
Now think of your workplace. If it is a reasonable place with reasonable leaders, they should be able to recognize greatness, if you can show it.
So, how do you get a promotion?
Again, it’s simple. Do the work and don’t ask. Just do and be the best.
In order to be in a position for a promotion or to “get picked” for the promotion you are looking for, you have to be doing the things that are out of your job description. Tasks and duties that benefit the company, the new position or whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. Taking on new responsibilities without order, just out of a will.
Why? Because you want a promotion, remember? And if you really want it, you’ll know what needs to be done. Be the one that is really good at a specific task and it may come down to you being the only one that can do the job and do it right. For example, I am a horrible writer, I have never written an article before, but what am I doing?
Submitting what I think is my best work. Going beyond my comfort zone. Just like this writing, you don’t ask for a promotion or a chance. You show them what you can do.
Just get the job done, do more than enough and move on to the next. Put in the work and the extra effort and do it the best you can and you’ll come to see that you may be one of the best, if not at least better than most...
...and soon enough you may not be the one doing the asking.