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I had my annual appraisal yesterday, which lots of extremely helpful people gave some great advice for. I planned what I wanted to say, and managed to do so. I went through the job description for the promotion I want and thought of evidence to support my position.

It went quite well - my work exceeds expectations, all my project managers and clients love me, etc -  but I didn’t push hard for a promotion in April because my boss’ input has already been given on those (my appraisal was postponed twice). My boss said that there’s one thing that I need to do to be certain of gaining promotion and that’s to take on some financial responsibility. It’s something I have just started doing, but you need to show that you can do it over a prolonged period of time.

It’s a bit frustrating because I feel sure that if I was external, I’d get the job at the promoted level, rather than the one I’m currently on. We get a write up of our appraisals for review before they’re issued, so my plan is to pin this promotion down on that. My current thinking is that if I do what is required by August/September, and still don’t get promoted, I really need to start looking for a new job - I don’t want to hang around undervalued and underpaid.

Anyway, I’d like to give a big thanks to:

  • Pippin
  • deepali
  • Lisa
  • RacerX
  • guinness416
  • Mrs. Micah (I wore my best work suit and lipgloss and it made me feel more confident)
  • vh
  • mariam
  • Chief Family Officer

I think all your suggestions were extremely helpful and I really am grateful for everyone’s support.

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6 comments for “extra special thanks”

  1. It always stinks that promotions/new job positions are like that. The good stuff is reserved for new customer, new employees, free trial, etc., etc.

    Good luck on getting that promotion though, you seem to have a plan, even if it is taking your raise and promotion at the company across the street.


    Posted by Mike | March 1, 2008, 6:09 pm
  2. Glad the review went well! The delay might be a good thing - gives you an option to really review the position and make sure you want it (and also maybe see what else is around). Good luck and glad I could be of assistance!

    Posted by deepali | March 1, 2008, 10:24 pm
  3. It is interested that internal employees often get their experience counted for less then external candidates!

    The important thing is now you are a force to be reckoned with! They know you want is and are going for it!

    Congratulations! You’ll get it!

    Posted by RacerX | March 1, 2008, 11:18 pm
  4. I’m so glad to hear that!! :) You’ve got skills…and it’s sad that you might better appreciated and paid elsewhere, but at the same time I hope you can stay where you feel comfortable.

    Posted by Mrs. Micah | March 1, 2008, 11:30 pm
  5. Congrats on the appraisal and it’s unfortunate that you didn’t get the promotion.

    Maybe it’s me, but I feel like playing hard ball. I’d start looking now and target August/September as a parachute date if the promotion isn’t offered. You need leverage and a backup plan - also, going in with no fear and having the confidence that you’re valued elsewhere doesn’t hurt! I’d jack up the salary/bonus for making you wait 5 months when you knew you were worth more outside.

    Posted by mariam | March 4, 2008, 12:14 am
  6. Congratulations, Plonkee! I knew you would do great. I think you have it exactly right - do what they said you need to do, and then if they don’t step up, you should definitely look elsewhere. If you could enter your company at a higher level, you should be able to do the same going somewhere else. But I hope everything works out perfectly smoothly!

    Posted by Chief Family Officer | March 5, 2008, 4:48 am

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