How to get promoted in 7 days

A free course with step-by-step instructions to confidently request your next promotion

I'm Josh, a team lead and project manager in the consulting industry. I hire and promote people for a living, and I've helped many people increase job satisfaction and make more money by getting the promotions they want.

I’ll walk you through my step-by-step method to request your next promotion in just 7 days. Each day, I'll email you with clear instructions and action items so you know exactly what to do and why to do it. By the end of the course, you’ll have a summary of your best accomplishments and stretch assignments, and I'll show you a clear process for presenting that summary to your manager and requesting your promotion.

I applied Josh's salary negotiation method and got a much better job where I'm paid what I'm worth. In less than a week, I interviewed for and negotiated a new job with a base salary increase of $15,000!

Shannon Long

Josh has built a very successful career, first in engineering and now in project management. I’m glad he’s finally writing about it so others can learn from his success!

Ryan Delk, Gumroad

Josh’s advice helped me land a better job and a bigger salary with more benefits than I even thought possible.

What will we cover?

Each day, I'll send you a short email with specific objectives and clear instructions for that day. I'll also explain why we're doing that day's activities, and I'll give you very specific action items at the end of each lesson.

  • Day 1: Let's go get it—An introduction and we squash some common reasons people give for not asking for a promotion.
  • Day 2: Define your goal—You'll clearly define your target job and identify the differences between that job and your current job.
  • Day 3: Produce results to show you're ready—You'll put together a game plan to demonstrate that you're ready for a promotion to your target job.
  • Day 4: Document your accomplishments and accolades—You'll gather the evidence you need to make your best case for your promotion.
  • Day 5: Prepare your case—You'll prepare to talk to your manager and draft a written request for your promotion.
  • Day 6: Present your case—You'll ask for your promotion and then follow up with a request in writing.
  • Day 7: Wrapping up and looking ahead—We'll discuss the possible outcomes of your request and make a plan for each one.

After you complete the course, I'll send you a full guide on How to get your next promotion, so you can refer back to it at any time.

What if I'm not ready?

It’s a fair question that we often ask because promotions seem like things that are granted to us by companies when they feel like it. But the reality is you don’t need to wait for a promotion to come to you.

Here are some common reasons we talk ourselves out of asking for that promotion, along with my response for each one—many of these may sound familiar:

  • I don't even know how to ask for a promotion. Do I ask in person? Through email? You will start by asking in person, then follow up with an email. I'll walk you through both!
  • What if my manager says “no”? I’m going to help you put together a very strong case to minimize this possibility. But even if your manager does say no, that’s ok because you can still say, “Ok, I understand. Can you help me understand why I’m not ready for a promotion so I know what to work on?”
  • Do I deserve a promotion? It’s not about the time you put in, but the value you add to your company. I will help you demonstrate that you've earned a promotion.
  • Do I just need to work harder and harder until I get a promotion? It would be nice if it were this simple, but this just isn’t how companies work.
  • Don’t I have to wait until my next performance review? Nope!

You can do this, and I'll walk you through it step-by-step in this free course!

About Me

I'm Josh Doody. I studied Computer and Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, graduating in 2003. Then I worked as an electrical engineer for a Department of Defense contractor for a few years before switching to project management and consulting in the software industry.

It wasn't long before I went back to the University of Florida for my MBA (while still working full-time), finishing in 2011.

In 2012, I moved into project management full-time. Now, I manage a technical team and continue to manage projects of all sizes.

I'm currently writing Fearless Salary Negotiation to help others get paid what they're worth.