How to write a cover letter for a promotion

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How to write a cover letter for a promotion
Write a cover letter to request advancement at your current job. (la rencounter image by Yves Damin from

While some workers are promoted without taking the initial step or showing interest, it is often the responsibility of the employee to call attention to the fact that he is ready and willing to accept a higher position with the company. A well-written cover letter could help you land a promotion at your job.

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  1. 1

    Write a formal salutation and address your boss by name, such as "Dear Mr./Mrs. [Name]."

  2. 2

    Write a two- to three-sentence introductory paragraph explaining your current position with the company and how you have enjoyed it. Explain that you are interested in advancing your career and would like to discuss the opportunity of doing so at this company.

  3. 3

    Write a five- to seven-sentence middle paragraph and explain how long you have been in your current position, and include any other positions you have held with the company. Highlight your most impressive and important achievements, such as new systems you developed or projects you managed. If you are a member of any professional organisations related to your field, if you have attended any workshops where you have gained new, relevant skills or if you are taking any classes, mention these new qualifications as well. Also mention any recommendations you have received from clients or others at the company.

  4. 4

    Write a two- to three-sentence closing paragraph expressing your appreciation for your current job and your enthusiasm for your future at the company. Indicate that you would like to meet with your employer at his convenience to discuss any possible opportunities of advancement, and thank him for his time and consideration.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to contact anyone you use as a reference in your cover letter, and let them know they may be contacted by your employer. While you do not need a resume to accompany your cover letter, it's best to update your resume so you are prepared for any job opportunities that arise at your company or at others.

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