You’re Hired: Tips on Asking for a Promotion

A couple months ago, as some of you already know, I decided to quit a job that made me miserable and had no upward mobility. I then decided begin my freelance social media marketing  business and I needed a part-time job to supplement that income since freelancing doesn’t produce the most stable paycheck. So, I got a seasonal part-time job at Anthropologie (where my cool cat mom aesthetic is thirty, flirty and thriving) and it’s been a great time (see pic below). However, after a while I felt like my side hustle (Anthro) was becoming my full-time job, and the time that I was spending there wasn’t yielding enough profit. Here  comes my first mistake:

having a ball @ anthro

Don’t Hesitate in the Face of Opportunity

At that time, Anthropologie had a few open positions, one of which I was really interested in and even chatted about at my initial interview. However, instead of asking again about the position, I expected to be confronted about it. Turns out, another person in the same position as I asked about the position first, and in result, they were awarded the opportunity. I instead, tried to get another job, which most likely hinted to management that I wasn’t happy.

Be Clear About Your Feelings

Feeling underpaid? Underworked? Overworked? Tell your supervisor about it. If they truly value you as an employee, they will work with you to make sure you feel comfortable at work. I told my supervisor that I liked my job and I think I’m good at, but I felt that I needed a little more responsibility as well as a higher pay rate in order to help my career. My first mistake was not having this conversation with her sooner.

Have No Fear

So maybe you’re scared to ask for that raise or a promotion. Before you let your anxieties stop you, just think: what’s the absolute worst thing that can happen? Honestly, it’s that they tell you no. You won’t get fired because you asked for more mony or more responsibilty! So relax, just have a conversation about your future with the company. As millennials, we are known to “job hop” and it’s probable that your employer is looking for someone young that actually wants to grow and stay with a company. So, instead jumping at the next job offer and moving horizontally rather than vertically, just ask your boss nicely about what more you can do to expand your role at your workplace.


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