Help me ask for the title that matches my job.
August 16, 2011 12:25 PM Subscribe
Help me ask for a promotion and raise at my performance appraisal. I'm already doing the job, I just want the title and salary to go with it. I was hired three months ago and made the mistake of not negotiating when I was hired. What can I do now?
posted by stoneweaver to Work & Money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Three months ago I was hired in a marketing department. I love the department, love my coworkers love the company. However, I'm frustrated that I didn't push for the correct title when I was hired. I accepted the first offer out of the gate, which I know was a mistake. The company really wants me and is really happy with my work. I'm doing the job one level up, and I want to be compensated appropriately. Especially since they've got me spearheading an entirely new, organization wide project that will be ongoing for years. That's way beyond the scope of the entry-level position they hired me for. (Not to mention that at any other company, the project would be a VP level job.) The main difference between the title I have now and the next one up is whether you're responsible for driving projects and leading campaigns. In the last three months, I've already got two campaigns under my belt, and I'm the leader for some big ongoing stuff.
I'll be having my three month performance appraisal next week, and I need to write part of it. I want to approach it strategically and demonstrate that I should have the next title up and a raise. I've got a pretty basic worksheet - accomplishments, any barriers to effectiveness, goals for the next appraisal period, professional/career growth, and any other comments. What can I do at this point? The company definitely won't fire me or demote me for asking, and the department has the money. We're a small department, and I work directly for the VP of marketing. A promotion won't change corporate structure or put me over anyone. It won't even change the work I'm doing, since it's what I do already. I currently work 20 hours a week, and I'm not too keen on more hours although I anticipate it will be necessary as I take on the big project looming on the horizon. I am definitely not willing to take more hours without the title change.
I feel a bit stupid for not stepping up and asking for the appropriate title when I got the job, since I had a hunch this would be the case. On the other hand, I've had a chance to prove my work and value to the company. I don't want to let another opportunity pass me by. How should I approach my performance appraisal?