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How to Ask for What You Want

1. Ask your supervisor when s/he would have some free time to talk to you. Tell him/her how much time you would like and what it is that you would like to talk about.

"When would be a convenient time for us to get together? I'd like to have about 10 minutes of your time to discuss a work-related situation."

2. Choose a private place to talk. If the boss wants to start talking right in the middle of a lot of people suggest that you go to a quieter place.

"I was wondering if we could go somewhere a little quieter?"

3. Pick the right time to make a request. If you know that someone in your department is leaving and you would like her job, you need to let your boss know that you are interested.

"I understand that Mary is leaving the accounting department. I just wanted to let you know that I am interested in applying for her position."

4. Back up your request. When you request something, such as a job promotion, let your boss know why you deserve that promotion. It's not enough just to say that you want it. You need to give your boss reasons why you are qualified to do it.

"I feel I am well qualified for the position. I've been taking accounting classes in the evenings over the last year and have a 3.7 grade point average. Also, I substituted for Mary when she was on maternity leave, and I believe that her supervisor was quite pleased with my work. I know I could catch on quickly to all of the job requirements, and I would volunteer to stay after work, if need be, in the beginning."

5. Thank the person for his/her time. Ask him/her if there is anything special you should do in order to make yourself more competitive for that position.

"I want to thank you for your time. Is there anything special I should do in order to make myself more competitive for that position?"

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