How to Apply for a Job Promotion

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How to Apply for a Job Promotion
Successful employees prepare before applying for a promotion. (successful corporate man. image by Gina Smith from

Job promotions are a great way for workers to earn more money, advance their careers and increase their skills. However, some workers might miss out on these career opportunities simply because they are unaware of how to apply for them. While each company handles job promotions differently, most employers use some basic procedures to determine whether an employee is qualified for a promotion. As an employee, you will be much more prepared to prove that you are qualified for a promotion by following the steps outlined below.

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Things you need

  • Notepad
  • Pen
  • Copy of current resume
  • Performance evaluations
  • Computer with word processing software

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    Gather information. Talk to someone in the human resources department to get more information. If your company likes to promote from within, you should also consider talking to your supervisor about your interest in a promotion. Ask her about the company's policies regarding promotions. You may need to meet certain qualifications or follow certain procedures to get a promotion. Keep in mind that some companies prefer to promote employees that have been with the company for a longer period of time. You may also need to fill out certain forms in order to apply for positions within the company (see References 1).

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    Evaluate your job performance. Your job performance will greatly impact your ability to get promoted. You will need to consider whether your performance proves your ability to handle different or more responsibilities. Review any recent performance evaluations. Ask your supervisor and other professionals within your company for feedback on your job performance. Compare your abilities to other employees that have the types of positions you are seeking. Make a list of your contributions and be prepared to discuss them when you apply for a promotion (see References 2).

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    Update your resume. In order to be considered for a promotion, your employer may request an updated copy of your resume. This is your opportunity to customise your resume to match the qualifications and work experience that you need to qualify for the promotion. Include the information you have learnt in evaluating your work performance and highlight your achievements.

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    Write a cover letter. You need to write and submit a cover letter that will outline the specific reasons why you should be promoted. This may include your contributions to the company, your skills and experience. Use the cover letter to describe to your employer the type of responsibilities and challenges that you feel prepared to handle. Get your employer's attention by describing how well you have done in your current position using percentages or exact amounts (see References 2). Try to keep your cover letter short with no more than three paragraphs.

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