Are you starting to feel antsy in your current role? Maybe you’re bored with the work you’re doing and feel like you could be doing so much more. Maybe you want to be in a more demanding role or have more leadership responsibilities. Whatever the case, now is the time to approach your boss and talk to them about your future career goals and the place for you within their organization.
Here are a few things you can do to get your conversation about moving up at work started.
Focus on the Reasons Why
When you’re looking to move up at work, you will need to be able to articulate why it is you want to start moving up. And this should never be about the money. Yes, that’s a nice perk, but it’s more important you focus on the reasons why in terms of your career goals and how advancement can help you reach them.
Share Your Career Goals
Talk to your manager about your long-term goals and how you feel that advancement within your current company can give you that opportunity. Make sure you position your personal goals within the context of the business so your employer can picture how you can be a part of their vision, as well.
Position Yourself as a Solution
In many cases, when you discuss moving up at work, make sure you’re positioning yourself as a solution to a problem. Your manager may already be concerned about hiring new people for this role, so you can be the answer to their questions. It is also easier for them to hire someone to take over for your current role than to train someone to learn the entire company culture for this advanced position.
Demonstrate Your Qualifications
Throughout it all, you need to be sure to demonstrate your qualifications for the position. Keep in mind this starts from the very beginning, and you’ll need to maintain you are a good employee who consistently meets goals before you can be considered for any sort of promotion. Look back at what you’ve done in the past that you can use to justify asking for advancement.