How To Convince Your Boss To Promote You

By Tiara Ogabang

This process can be intimidating and challenging. When you are the employee, you want to be the one telling your boss to promote you.

But that can be difficult to do. So how do you do it?

I've listed the different ways you can be convinced to promote you to your desired position. They include the following.


Have your boss ask you how you feel about a promotion and if you would like to receive it. It is important to make your boss aware that you are waiting on them to give you a promotion.

The worst thing to do is tell your boss you don't want a promotion because you want to lose your job. That's not a good answer.


If your boss knows you are waiting on them, they will likely assume you are ready to take on the job. Your boss will be more likely to promote you because of your hard work.

Talk about it with your co-workers

Talk to your co-workers and let them know what is going on. Talk about your boss's plans with you and your desired position.

Speak with the supervisor

Speak with the supervisor

Let your supervisor know you are waiting on a promotion. They are likely to keep you updated on your boss' progress.

If your supervisor doesn't see your promotion happening anytime soon, your boss will probably make a decision on you. Your supervisor can also ask your boss to promote you if they think you are ready for the job.

If they are confident you are ready, they will be more likely to do it.

Work experience

Having the experience of working in your organization is an important aspect of bringing a new employee into the workforce. As the saying goes, "you can teach someone how to fish, but you can't teach them to fish for themselves."

Also, having an understanding of what you do, your company's goals, and your colleagues is a powerful selling point when you get up the courage to raise the issue of your advancing to a higher position within the organization.

If you have the opportunity to work with other employees on a daily basis, that is also an added bonus. That will help you to develop relationships that will support your advance.

Something else to consider: a person who is promoted is likely to be more flexible when it comes to job duties and to be a more reliable worker.

To make your work experience better, you should ask for the necessary tools to make your job easier. Also, you will have a more fulfilling and enjoyable time with your job when you are given the opportunity to utilize the valuable knowledge you have.



While you need to present your employer with a compelling reason to promote you, it should not be your sole focus. After all, you should not go into an interview only focused on whether or not you will be able to advance.

Think about all of the positions you have held in the past. How well did you do at those positions?

If you have done the job well, it will show your employer how much you can contribute to the organization. If you were not a top performer, your manager might wonder why they would promote you over someone else.

If your current boss evaluates your performance as "fair," then this is another sign that you may be given an opportunity to move up to a higher position in the organization.


An organization can't afford to promote employees for only one reason. Promoting people based on just one or two factors is detrimental to the business' overall success.

That is why they will not do it.

You have to present your case to your boss in a way that helps them understand how much you value the job you are doing. You should also explain why you believe you deserve to be promoted.

Here are a few examples:

  • You have a track record of consistent productivity and high-quality work.
  • You are already an expert in your field, which makes you more valuable to your company.
  • You always go above and beyond what is required of you.
  • You're honest, reliable, and hard-working.
  • You give credit to your boss and co-workers.
  • You take initiative when it comes to productivity.

Promotions often require a higher salary and therefore, you have to justify that extra income to your employer.

Other factors

Additional factors to consider when you get up the courage to talk about your desire to be promoted include:

  • Your health
  • Relationships
  • Needs
  • Need for reassurance
  • Future plans
  • Wish to move
  • Wish to retire
  • Where you want to live
  • Your level of dedication
  • The amount of responsibility you have


These suggestions can help you get your boss to give you the promotion you want. It is important to keep in mind that once you are promoted, you will want to do things differently.

This can be helpful if you want to get to your desired position faster.

In the end, your boss knows what is best for their organization. If your boss knows you are waiting for the promotion, they will be more likely to make it happen.