Hello SOTGC community,
In last week’s post we talked about how to get your company to recognize and reward your unique value. In that post we talked about the work that leads up to requesting that promotion, which is our topic for today.
Before you talk to your sponsor, your mentor, and your advisors, you need to do some planning for the future. Why? So that when you are in the interview process for the promotion, you have a clear direction as to WHY you should be promoted into that role, and where it fits in the big picture of your future in your company.
Sit down with a piece of paper and pen (or your computer) and answer the following:
- Where do I see myself in this company in 10 years?
- Why do I see myself there? (This is where the “do what you love, what you’re good at, and what inspires you” comes into play.)
- How will the promotion that I’m asking for FIT into that picture? It’s okay to let people know that the position you want to take is a stepping stone for a bigger goal. In fact, that’s what they’re looking for, and the only reason they promote people is so that they will continue to help the company grow.
- How does the company benefit from my 10-year goal? Once again, this goes back to articulating your unique value to your company and how it helps their future in their market and industry.
- What have I done in my current position to show that I’m capable of that role?
Once you can clearly define these questions, the interview process will be much easier. Why? These are the first questions that you’ll be asked when you interview for that promotion, and if you don’t have an articulate and compelling answer to them, you won’t move forward in the process. So take some time this week to think about these questions, and get ready for next week when we talk about “being coachable” as you do the professional development needed to get the promotion.