How to Write a Resume for a Promotion

Writing a resume tailored to a promotion can help you to organize your thoughts before asking for the promotion.

Writing a resume tailored to a promotion can help you to organize your thoughts before asking for the promotion.

No matter how much you may deserve a promotion, it may not come to you unless you ask for it. A tailored resume can be a compelling piece of evidence to present to your supervisor when you make this request. Focus on highlighting your accomplishments in your current position, rather than restating your background as you would in a job-search resume.

Open your resume with a brief summary of your success within your current position, the name of the position you want and your strongest assets, such as your experience in your current role, training you've gotten recently or personal qualities. Though your direct supervisor may be familiar with your background, there may be many other people involved in the decision process who need up-to-date information about you and your background.

Document your success in your current position. Show off the numbers by including the number and size of accounts you manage, revenue that you contribute to, cost savings or initiatives led. This helps your supervisor see your success as a body of work, rather than a day to day, and will provide evidence to present to others in support of your promotion.

Highlight additional training or experience that you have gained in your current position that would qualify you for the position you want. This may include internal or external training, certifications and any other experience not gained by direct experience in your current position. This highlights your skills that the company may not be fully utilizing.

Compare your current pay and position level to what you feel you could obtain on the current job market. Employment responds to supply and demand, and you should be receiving fair pay for your skills. However, be cautious when presenting this if you are not willing to move to another company for a better position. Additionally, keep in mind that large jumps in pay are easier to come by when moving from company to company than when advancing within the same company. Many employers have their hands tied by existing pay scales and personnel policies.

Conclude with a brief summary of your education and previous experience. Though this is not the main point of your promotion resume, it reminds the reader why you were hired.

 

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