Start Positioning Yourself for a Promotion in 2019
It’s almost the end of the year and you’re thinking about what you can do in the New Year to earn a pay raise. Do you deserve a raise, or do you just want one? Put yourself in your manager’s shoes. Would you give yourself a raise based on your current performance? Be honest.
What can you do to prove you deserve more money and maybe even a promotion? Here are some tips to get your started:
Start offering solutions: you can demonstrate your overall understanding of the business by contributing ideas about how to improve a process, assign tasks, or organize a station. Your manager will appreciate your critical thinking.
Demonstrate your strong work ethic: Make sure you can handle your current work load easily. If you’ve mastered your assigned tasks, look for what else needs to be done. Help someone who’s struggling. Show that you are ready for the next step.
Build relationships: It’s not enough to put your head down and do your own work. You have to cultivate relationships with those who can influence your career. You need to be strategic and make time to find a mentor who can guide you.
Dress for success: You’ve heard all this before, but it matters. Be sure you’re presenting a professional image with clean/pressed clothes, neat hair and appropriate shoes. Your appearance should reflect your respect for the job and a level of professionalism.
Discuss a plan for your advancement: Make a plan to speak with your boss about your job growth. Make sure you understand what she needs to see from you to move up this year. Set some goals and work toward checking off all the boxes.
Keep track of your accomplishments: Did you get a certificate or take a class that has had a positive influence on your skill set? Did you lead your team during a large event or make a big contribution toward the bottom line? Be sure you can concisely share your achievements and what impact you’ve made on the team and the company.
Shift your mindset: Are you thinking more about the big picture and helping your team, or mostly about your own performance? Broadening your perspective is the first step in becoming a leader and a good manager – your supervisor will notice.
Do your research: Do you know what others in your market are being paid for doing the same job? Be sure you can back up your request for a raise with the facts.
Give your manager a heads up: Don’t wait for your review to bring up the possibility of a raise. By that time, he may have already made a decision and had it approved from the higher-ups. If you want a significant bump, you have to be pro-active. Make an appointment early in the process and be prepared to discuss why you deserve a raise.
Make your boss’s life easy: Is there something you can do to prove that you’re trustworthy and make your boss look good to her boss? Are there things you can do to take a routine task off her hands so she can focus on more important things? Volunteer to do something that helps your boss succeed.
Have a positive attitude: Keep calm under pressure and meet the daily challenges with confidence. In hospitality, no two days are alike. Be flexible and take it all in stride, with a smile. Managers are looking for those who can handle the stress and still deliver excellent customer service.
Don’t gossip or complain: Gossiping with your teammates is not the way to get ahead. Yes, there are problem guests and you may not love every aspect of your job. But you won’t be on the fast-track for advancement by indulging in gossip and wasting time complaining.
Ask for feedback: You’re better off knowing what your boss wants to see than guessing and getting it wrong. You won’t improve if you don’t get feedback. Check in with your boss more often than once a year at review time.
Pay attention to how the company is doing: If the company is struggling, that doesn’t mean there will be no raises, but you have to be realistic. Coming in and asking for a giant raise during a down time, or asking over and over will not be welcome. Be aware of the market and pick the right time to ask.