How to Ask for What You Really Want

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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get everything that they ask for? If they want to go on an exotic vacation, they suddenly get their wish. So how can you make this same ‘magic’ appear for you.

The only true way you will actually get what you want is by learning how to ask for it and then take action upon it. Nothing magically is going to happen, but you can start the wheels turning by putting things into motion. Let’s take a closer look at how this can happen.

Here’s an example:

Are you waiting to be discovered so that you can be promoted to the next level? You can’t figure out why you are always overlooked when a better position becomes available?

There can be several reasons for this:

  1. Does anyone even know that you are looking to be promoted?
  2. Have you demonstrated that you are capable of doing this particular job?

Most likely you are just sitting at your desk each day, doing a wonderful job, waiting to be noticed! Unfortunately this type of behaviour is not going to get you too far. While you may be fantastic at what you do, you need to take action so that others know what you are looking for.  If you don’t ask for the promotion you will never get it.

Now let’s look at what steps you should take:

First you need to make it known, to the right people, that you would love to be considered for a new opening. If the position is posted on your company job board then apply for it.

In the meantime you should start demonstrating that you have the experience and knowledge to perform this particular job. Of course, you don’t want to start just doing the job, you want to get paid for it! But find some way that you can show that you have the skills to do it.

The worst thing you can do is to just ‘hope’ that you will be asked to fill any vacant position. Your supervisor is most likely aware of how well you do your current job, and they think you are perfectly happy.

If you feel a little awkward about applying or even asking for a better position, then bring the subject up in your next employee review meeting. Most companies will give you the opportunity to ask questions. So  make it clear that if a certain vacancy becomes available you would like to be considered for it.

Remember that the easiest path to getting what you want is to go out there and ask for it!

jAZ

Supply Chick, Jaz-: Jaz is the spunkiest of the Office Chicks and has an amazing savvy for design and organization. Jaz is happiest when she is eyeball-deep in a good book or test-driving the latest in ergonomic chairs. Jaz brings a young and fresh perspective to a sometimes drab industry. Connect with Jaz and the Supply Chicks on Twitter.

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