4 Female Bosses Tell Us How to Land That Promotion

The fact is, asking for a promotion isn’t just about having one conversation at review time: It’s about a year of hard work, planning and serious strategizing. That means now is really the time you should start thinking about that end-of-year bonus and begin working on a plan to actually kick some career goals in 2016. 16 Job Interview Do's and Don'ts to Remember So instead of just counting down the hours until it’s the weekend, keep reading and take some savvy advice from four professional women on getting noticed — in a good way — at the office:

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    Take on more responsibility. "Look for opportunities to increase your responsibilities in your current role. Take on tasks that haven’t been claimed. Go above and beyond your job description to perform at a higher level than that at which you were originally hired. Once you’ve been working in this capacity for the better part of a year, you can approach your boss to discuss a promotion. Do your research in advance to understand both your market value and the value you bring to the company. Rather than waiting until bonus season to ask — when your boss will likely be fielding similar requests from others — have this conversation during an unexpected time when your boss can focus her attention on your request. As #WomenWhoWork, it’s important to have confidence in your work and your worth — and to be able to advocate on your own behalf when the time is right. As I’ve said before, you don’t get what you don’t ask for!" — Ivanka Trump, founder and CEO, Ivanka Trump Collection; and Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions, Trump Organization
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    Stay in your own lane. "Definitely stay in your own lane. Focus on what you’re doing — don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Move forward, stay positive, and focus on creating productive habits and goals. When you waste time worrying about other people, it takes away from your own progression." — Emily Schuman, Founder, Cupcakes and Cashmere (and recent Create + Cultivate panelist)
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    Find a mentor, start early, delegate, and work fast. "First, find a mentor and leverage them! The world of business is a complicated one, and it always helps to have someone to bounce ideas with and maybe even recommend you for opportunities if needed. It’s always awkward to ask, but identify those you admire, send them an email, ask them to coffee or lunch, and build the relationship. It will happen naturally. Also, start early — I usually start my day between 5am and 5:30 a.m. Starting the day with a clean slate allows you to focus on new issues and ideas instead of yesterday’s problems. "Another tip is to delegate, as you can’t do everything, and a good manager fosters autonomy in her team. To use a sports analogy, the team manager’s job is to select the players, build the team, and set the goal. The coach and the players design the plays and execute — as tempting as it is to interfere, you have to let the plays happen. "You should also have clear goals on what you want to achieve for your career and, like any other project, develop a short- and long-term plan to get there. "Finally, work with speed and agility: I learned this from one of my former bosses, Susan Plagemann, who is the publisher of Vogue. With today’s pace of change, you have to always be ready to learn new things and adapt quickly to new ideas and environments." — Stephanie Horton (center), Chief Marketing Officer, Farfetch
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    Ask for a promotion while highlighting your contribution. "By framing this [promotion] talk in terms of contributions and impact, you’re removing the self-serving aspect out of the equation. As [entrepreneur] Jocelyn Goldfein says, a statement like 'What do I need to do to make a bigger difference to the company?' casts no doubts on the meritocracy of the company or your own motivations. This opens the conversation about what it takes to perform at the next level, what type of impact is considered most valuable to the company, what skills or track record or projects you should undertake to expand your capabilities, and how your manager can help you accomplish all of that. You’re framing this as wanting to earn your promotion versus deserving it. What if the answer is, 'You’re not ready for a promotion yet'? The key here is not to get angry or upset, but make sure you walk away with tangible things you should be working on so you can have the conversation again. By letting your manager know that you will be following up in three months, you’re making sure they know this is important to you." — Dona Sarkar (left), Principal Product Manager of Development Engagement, Microsoft
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