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Going for Promotion - taking that next step. Michael Higgins Career Coach and Author. Plan for the session. Criter ia for promotion. Your promotion campaign. Build your case Articulate the evidence Arrange experiences Gather feedback. The context Concrete criteria

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going for promotion taking that next step

Going for Promotion - taking that next step

Michael Higgins

Career Coach and Author


plan for the session
Plan for the session

Criteria for promotion

Your promotion campaign

Build your case

Articulate the evidence

Arrange experiences

Gather feedback

  • The context
  • Concrete criteria
  • Less tangible criteria




Your career goals?

Shape of pyramid?

Average time in grade?

Organisational strategy?

Lateral moves?

Other organisations?

concrete criteria
Concrete Criteria


The job specification

The person specification

Promotion form or guidance

The format of the promotion interview

less tangible criteria
Less Tangible Criteria


  • Breadth and depth of experience
  • Context
  • Culture
    • Language
    • Behaviours: do and don’t do?
build your case
Build your case


  • Step through job spec, promotion form or person spec and identify your evidence.
  • Rank

 I have good evidence of this

 I have some evidence but needs strengthening

 I need to gain this evidence

  • Articulate the evidence
  • Arrange experiences to gain evidence
articulate the evidence
Articulate the evidence


  • Use STAR

Tell me about a time when… [you introduced a new procedure onto the ward]

    • SITUATION context 10%
    • TASK what you needed to do 10%
    • ACTIVITY what you actually did 70%
    • RESULT how it ended up 10%
arrange experiences
Arrange Experiences


Acting up

Contribute to a working group

Manage a project

Job shadow

Network – get your face known

Informational interviews


CPD/ Qualifications / Conferences

prepare for the process
Prepare for the process
  • Treat the process as a new job
  • Poll opinion of your suitability and areas of development
  • Take time to fill in the promotion form
  • Rehearse the interview
  • Go for it!
  • Self care…
  • Feedback?
  • Strongest / weakest areas?
  • Alter your strategy?


further resources
Further Resources


  • Articles on STAR and “Get the Job you Really want” atwww.nursing-standard.co.uk.
  • STAR guidance for CVs at www.thisismypath.co.ukunder “Resources” plus a guidance document.
  • Social media thingamabobs:-
    • Like facebook.com/pitstopbook
    • Follow@CareerMike
    • Visit pitstopbook.blogspot.co.uk
  • Questions?