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Quiz: Should You Ask for a Promotion?

Quiz: Should You Ask for a Promotion?
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Feeling like you're ready for a promotion, but not sure how to make it happen?

It's usually better to wait until your boss offers you a promotion, said Whitney Johnson, speaker and author of "Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work" (Bibliomotion, October 2015). However, sometimes you have to just go for it — that is, if you have the proof to back up your value to the company.

"One of the mistakes most people make when angling for a promotion is to frame it as something they deserve," Johnson said.

So how do you ask for a promotion the right way?

"Build a case," Johnson advised. "Begin with what problems you were asked to solve in your current role, and how you over-delivered on your solution." 

Once you've done that, Johnson says you should articulate how a promotion will provide you with an opportunity to solve problems that your boss and your company need solved. [5 Personality Traits That Will Get You Promoted ]

Is it time to ask about the next step in your career? Take Johnson's quiz to find out. Answer "true" or "false" to the following questions, and then see how you add up in the scoring section below.

1. __________ During my last performance review, I was at least in the top quintile (20 percent, preferably 10 percent).

2. __________ I've not only over-delivered on a high-profile project, but my boss also has the dossier (data/numbers/information) needed to explain to his or her boss how I've contributed.

3. __________ My colleagues are continually roping me in to work on their projects, because they "can't get this done without me."

4. __________ If applicable, clients routinely refer others to our firm because of my work.

5. __________ I feel like I really understand how to do my work; I even find myself bored on occasion.  

6. __________ I have compiled a number of verifiable data points that substantiate my case for a promotion.

7. __________ I've been in this particular role for at least three years.

8. __________ I have clients and competitors approaching me about coming to work with them.

9. __________ I am clear on what "language" my boss speaks, what metrics matter to her or him.

10. __________ Over the past year, my roles and responsibilities have expanded significantly.  

11. __________ I know which of the firm's problems need to be solved next, and why a promotion enhances my ability to achieve that deliverable.

12. __________ I can explain clearly how a promotion will benefit my current boss.

If you answered "true" to nine or more questions, it's probably time to talk to your boss about getting a promotion.

If you answered "true" to fewer than nine questions, you may need to work on some things before you approach the topic with your supervisor.

Brittney Helmrich

Brittney M. Helmrich graduated from Drew University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. She joined the Business News Daily team in 2014 after working as the editor-in-chief of an online college life and advice publication for two years. Follow Brittney on Twitter at @brittneyplz, or contact her by email.