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In today’s economy it may seem odd to even discuss the possibility of asking your boss for a promotion; especially since there are so many people with similar qualifications looking to work for less. The truth however is that while the job market is becoming more and more saturated, employers are finding it harder to find quality employees amid a desperate workforce.

The result is a high level of turn over. As hungry, well-qualified people enter lower-paying jobs than what they would otherwise seek, they tend to jump ship or get fired for lack of interest after a short period of time. As you can imagine, this costs companies a lot of money over the long term (around $4,000 to $7,000 for an hourly, low-wage employee) to find new people.

Therefore, it stands to reason that companies have it in their best interest to retain their employees as best as possible. With that being said, if you are a hard-working and dedicated employee, there is definitely a possibility of a promotion. Here are a few steps that can help you successfully request your next step.

Work hard and let everyone know it

Hard work is part of any job, and most of us do it; however, the truth is that you are only judged by the things you are recognized for. It doesn’t pay to work hard and let your deeds go unnoticed, so make sure to take the time to do a little personal PR.

On the other hand, I’m not talking here about obnoxiously ranting about how amazingly you filled out the last billing report and printed it on recycled paper. Rather, I’m suggesting that you should subtly let your boss and colleagues know that you are passionate and engaged in your work. This will assure your boss that you are excited to take your career to the next level.

Ask to take on additional assignments

One of the best ways to get on the fast-track to a promotion is to take on projects above your level. This shows those around you that you can easily handle your tasks while engaging in activities that you will be performing after your promotion.

Be sure to do this in moderation though, otherwise people may start to become jealous or fear for their jobs, which can hurt you in the long run.

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