03 October 2017
As we enter the final quarter of 2017, you may be thinking about the year ahead—and for many professionals, the end of the year is accompanied with an annual review. While it may still feel like it’s months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about your annual review and what accompanies it—typically feedback, constructive criticism, and the prospect of a raise or a promotion. For many professionals, the annual review is a time where you can make your case for the work you’ve accomplished and why you deserve higher compensation or a title bump. However, you won’t want to make the mistake of walking in unprepared. As a result, starting early is the best way to ensure that you can compile the best evidence possible for a promotion. If you’re wondering how to get promoted next year, start with these steps: Reflect On Your Year Entering October, you’ve had nine months of hard work and accomplishments since your last performance review, if your company does an annual review at the end of the year. As a result, reflect on what you’ve achieved this year. In order to identify why you deserve a promotion, start by asking yourself these questions: What are some of your biggest or most impactful accomplishments this year? Have you gained more responsibility from the beginning of the year until now? How so? How have you helped your organization as a whole achieve their goals? Did you gain any new certifications/degrees that should be considered? Measure Your Success Keep in mind that if you’re hoping to be granted a raise or a promotion, it works best if you can prove to your supervisor that you’ve definitively earned it—with numbers. Now that you know where you’ve made the biggest strides, assess how you can measure success in those areas. Whether it’s production numbers, sales numbers, traffic, or customer reviews, you can show that you’re not arbitrarily asking for a reward; through these numbers you can prove just how valuable you are as an employee. To start, look up past months or years so that you can show the clear improvement that you’ve made. Keep Tracking In order to show your improvement right up until the end of the year, continue tracking your progress in the most important areas. Use an excel sheet to document, and use the data to clearly define where you’ve made the biggest strides. Additionally, adopting this habit of tracking your work can make you more accountable for your work. When you consistently check in with your progress, you can not only set more measurable goals, but you can also improve at a faster rate. Articulate With Numbers When it comes time for your annual review, attend your meeting with these numbers in hand. Before jumping into your request, be sure to carefully listen to your supervisor’s comments on your performance; you may be surprised at what they have to say. After you’ve heard them out, start by going through the data you’ve assembled to clearly communicate to your supervisor what you’ve accomplished and how you tracked these results. Afterward, follow it up with your request for more compensation or responsibility. From your manager’s perspective, it is harder to say “No,” when faced with concrete proof that your employee has improved. By saying, “Because I’ve accomplished X over the past year, I think I deserve Y,” you’re far more likely to hear a “Yes,” in response.