How to Get Promoted When You’ve Been at Your Job Less Than a Year

A promotion after one year on the job sounds ambitious, but if you’ve been crushing it for 12 months straight, you just might deserve it.

In today’s job market, where people rarely stay in one job for very long, shooting for a promotion in your first year should actually be a goal to set. However, actually getting that promotion means walking a fine line. While you want to impress with initiative, you don’t want to seem entitled or unaware of your status within the company.

Here are a few things you need to check off your list before waltzing into your boss’s office at the end of a year and demanding a promotion.

Have you completely mastered your current job?

Being able to do your job well each day doesn’t mean you have necessarily mastered it, at least in the eyes of your boss. It’s important to try to step outside yourself and figure out if your boss thinks you’ve mastered your domain.

A good way to do this is to compare your results with those of your peers. If you’re in quality control, for example, find out how many samples you are testing per day compared to other QC techs. If you’re in service, see if you’re scoring some of the highest client-satisfaction ratings.

Prior to asking for a promotion, you have to be crushing it on almost every aspect of your existing job. “Good for a newbie” isn’t good enough.

Once you’ve figure out based on objective numbers that you deserve of a promotion, compile this evidence so you can effectively make your case. Having a lot of good data makes promoting you a less risky decision for your boss.

Know your reason(s)

You can make the most out of your request by knowing what job you want and why you want it. In some cases, management can’t grant you a promotion because of reasons beyond their control, like insufficient budget or an economic downturn in your industry. However, your boss may still be capable of satisfying some of the reasons behind why you want that promotion.

Maybe you want more engaging work, the chance to develop your abilities or more money. If your supervisor understands why you’re curious about a promotion after one year on the job, they might be able to cater to your wishes without giving you a new title.

Pick your spot

If you’re attempting to get promoted after a year, you’re already going with unconventional timing. Therefore, it’s very important that you have the ideal background for your request. It’s essential to get a good sense of what’s happening inside the business, the industry and the economy.

Based on your job, your company or the context, there may not be the room or the finances for you to move up one year after you start. However, if business is booming and the company is expanding, you have to capitalize on that and explain your promotion in a way that makes strategic sense for the company.

At Labor Temps, we have years of experience helping professionals take the next step on their career path, please contact us today to find out more about how we can help your career.