Follow this guide for using your resume, education and experience to get promoted – Without going to college.
If it’s more money you want and you feel you deserve it, try asking your employer for a raise first.
But if you’re excited by the prospect of new professional challenges, responsibility and personal growth – Don’t let your resume’s education section hold you back.
And yes, the extra money will be nice too…
Your old resume got you the job you have now. Changing your resume’s work experience and education sections will show how much you’ve grown since then. Prepare to be delighted when you see all of that on paper.
The following process will be great for your confidence and highlight career progress to your boss.
After all, if the position is truly right for you, you’ll likely have experience fulfilling some of its roles already. Either at work or somewhere else.
Remember, your employer is only human and we’re all guilty of taking what we have for granted. Let’s not dwell on that too much though. It presents you with a fantastic opportunity.
Apply For The Right Promotion
First, get very clear on why you want this new role. Be honest with yourself and write down a list for and against this new job.
Now it’s time to get strategic.
The next step is to look even more closely at the role and the people currently working in it.
Develop a deep understanding of what’s involved and start cataloging any ideas you have that might benefit the company.
Record your ideas in a journal or spreadsheet. Writing things down will help develop your ideas in more detail. And be careful not to record anything critical – Never say that ‘something is wrong’.
You may be right, but nobody wants to hear it.
Instead, train yourself to start thinking constructively.
Come up with alternative ways of doing things that could save the company time, money or increase customer satisfaction. Start keeping track of your accomplishments and the work you do above and beyond your current responsibilities too.
Not doing that?
Get Your Boss’ Attention
Let your employer or manager know you’re interested in progressing to the new role.
Ask for their help and advice humbly yet with confidence.
If you haven’t got a good relationship with them, work on that first. But don’t rush it. They need to feel you’re being sincere.
Now, remember all of that research you’ve been doing?
Use it to prepare a well presented, 1 page document and send it to their company email address soon after approaching them. Don’t hand it over immediately after the first time you speak.
Reflect on what feedback they’ve given you and adjust the document accordingly.
- Why your passionate to achieve that position
- How you’ve already begun fulfilling it
- Ideas you’ve had to improve effectiveness there
- Your reflection on any feedback they’ve given you
- How you’ve been up-skilling for the role (more on this later)
This will act as a cover letter for your job application.
Wait for a couple of days. If you appear genuine your employer will almost certainly come back to you, at least with more feedback.
If they don’t, stay positive, work hard and assume good things are happening behind the scenes.
Prove You’re Qualified
By now they know you’re serious and determined but you still have work to do…
It’s time to hit a home run with your new resume.
Writing your updated resume’s experience section should take care of itself. Just add in all of the new skills you’ve picked up in your current role, highlighting the extra duties you’ve taken on.
The education section is where you can make your boss take notice.
You’ve highlighted what they already know regarding your on-the-job experience, so include any formal training the company has provided too.
This reminds them how much they’ve invested in your training.
They’ll want to maximize the return on that investment and by now it’s probably crossed their mind that you may further your career elsewhere.
But never mention this. Ever.
Let them know you’ve been studying for this promotion in your free time too.
List any new qualifications or certificates you’ve earned outside of work. For example, management positions usually require administration and office skills and/or qualifications.
Have you got some?
If not, get them quickly.
Now, when you’re sure your resume is ready and at least a couple of days have passed since you sent your initial email – Go for it.
It’s time, feedback or not, to email your employer or manager and HR department an updated version of your resume.
The email should be short, professional and to the point. Something like this will work well:
Please find attached the new version of my resume for your records.
I’m determined to progress my career into _______ and have been working hard to achieve the necessary criteria. I would really appreciate your consideration should such a role become available.
I’d like to meet with you to discuss this at your earliest convenience.
Many Thanks, ____________
By showing such professionalism and desire you’ve increased your chances of a positive outcome dramatically.
The research you’ve done has also prepared you for the meeting you’ll almost certainly have in the near future.
Now go get that promotion!
Author: Paul Mulvaney
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