How to effectively ask or get a promotion

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More Kenyans are accessing jobs online. Majority of recruitment companies advertise on web platforms and on Linkedin web pages. As a smart job seeker, you are keen to find jobs that will advance your career interests. Luckily, you read the job requirements and confidently apply for a position that suits your experience.

As fate will have it, you get the job!

The position is ideal and you understand that every work environment, demands results. You have grown, learnt and demonstrated your capability to perform the job well. However, it is now five years and there has been no indication of any salary increase or a promotion.

You have resulted in befriending your immediate boss, but those unprecedented tactics do not work in your favor. As time goes by, frustration sinks in and buries your motivation to excel.


It is time to deliberately use these unique strategies to get that promotion you deserve.



Most importantly, review your career accomplishments!

Companies hire, retain and promote individuals that meet their KPIs or targets.
Do not expect to gain a promotion without excelling in your position.



Secondly, demonstrate your leadership capability.

It is becoming more evident that top recruiters, seek individuals who have proved that they can offer thought leadership; ability to lead teams and offer direction.



Work closely with your team to excel.

More so, be a team player and make your colleagues shine as well. No man is an island. Surprisingly, most people who succeed in life offer support to their teams. These intimate deeds get noticed, creating a ripple effect that can spur promotions in your entire department.



What idea have you offered your current employer and is being utilized?

Become an expert in your field, offer critical solutions that can improve processes and offer the company long term growth.

Document your achievements, against set contractual obligations.

If you are in a position that requires certain duties/targets to be completed within a specified framework, considering initial contract agreements, then you have proof that allows you to make requests for a raise or promotion.

Initial stages of the interview are equally important.

If the company structure is clear and offers promotion duration, then you must adhere to the terms after accepting the offer. This means you need to first understand how the promotion process and policies take effect before signing the employment contract.


Advancing your education,

allows you to gain technical skills, making you more valuable and hard to replace. Most employers cited that they promote professionals who are dedicated and get the job done. Results you deliver in the workplace will always pay off either in the short run or near future.

A promotion is just a little step in the right direction.

Mueke Katwa
I have two years experience in Business Support which covers Human Resource as a function; and a lifelong passion in creative writing.


  1. morning

    Am a marketer by proffession but i would like to become a marketing trainer how can achieve this?

    • Hi Phelix,

      Thank you for contributing. Besides obtaining some certification in a whichever field of interest you may have, we would advice that you take advantage of the internship opportunities within your area of interest that will assist in allowing you to acquire the skills and experience that is necessary in executing functions in a position of higher responsibility. We wish you all the best!

    • Hi Olieki,
      Thanks for your feedback.
      Is there a particular article which you would like us to write about?

  2. Hi i have been applying for positions in engineering and construction field but 2 years down the line i haven’t gotten an interview,mind advicing on that?

    • Hi Collins,
      Kindly go through the CV And Cover writing articles in order to get an insight on how to write a good CV.


    • Hi Lucy,
      You can ask about the challenges of the new position you are seeking, the job description of the new position and you can also ask about the benefits and remunerations.


  3. Have applied several jobs to no positive answer,does it mean you don’t get my application or what is there to be done that I don’t do.

    • Hello Erick,
      The list below can shed some light on the possible reasons that might have led to your current predicament;
      Do you send applications to job adverts that match your skills?
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      The number of job seekers has gone higher since last year, making the talent pool larger and you have to ensure your CV stands out from the rest.
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.
      We hope all these measures will improve your chances of being considered.


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