It’s so small, but this is honestly the biggest thing. If you don’t tell your manager that you’re interested in a promotion, they might assume you don’t want one (especially if there are others on your team who are more vocal about their ambitions). This doesn’t have to be a big conversation; next time you’re checking in with your manager, you can ask “I’m interested in advancing here. Do you have any advice on what I could be doing to be ready for the next step?”
Most managers like when their staff has a goal in mind: they usually want to help you develop and learn, but they’re not mind readers, and making sure they know what you want will help them help you.
Contributor: Kim Stiens from ranavain.com