What are some of the most important steps you can take when approaching your boss about a promotion?

Your request will most likely yield positive results if you can show that you're ready for the new post, management perceives that you're ready, and the firm needs added value from you.

Your request will most likely yield positive results if you can show that you're ready for the new post, management perceives that you're ready, and the firm needs added value from you.

First, take stock of your performance. Compare it to the job description. Find examples to show you've mastered all tasks. Review your performance evaluations and consider how thoroughly you have corrected any performance issues.

Study the job description for the role you seek. Find examples of how you've proven capable of handling the new responsibilities. If others have recognized this, be ready to cite their comments.

Look at the big picture and time your request for the best outcome. If your firm has just lost a big client, hold the request until panic has subsided. If your company is rolling out a new product line and management is scrambling to staff teams, now's the time.

Talk about your career objectives and show how stepping into this role is part of your larger goal of increasing your value to the firm as you gain experience, knowledge, and maturity. Don't expect an on-the-spot decision. These decisions usually require input from more people than just your boss.

Cindy Foley is director of operations at Engage PR.

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