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I know I have to fulfill the given skills and be happy to have a chance to promote. But sometimes I can wait a week before any promotion happens. Even with the required skills filled and being fully restore from rest, food, blatter, etc.

Is it random or there is any other way to promote faster ?

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Heh, and I was looking for a way to extend time to be promoted. While on the political career, keeping a good relation with the boss/coworkers, as well as working hard, helped me to reach level 10 within a week or two (sim days). –  Domocus Sep 5 '11 at 4:11
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Jobs in The Sims 3 work a little differently than they have in past Sims Games. The core thing to keep in mind is that each job has different requirements for a fast promotion. On the "Jobs" subsection of your sim's profile, there is a bar. This is your performance bar, and whenever you max it, you get promoted (or a raise, if you're at max level).

For most jobs, Mood and Boss Relations are the biggest factors (and, again, a list of all factors can be found in the job panel).

If I'm remembering correctly, the Job Bar maxes at 100 'job points'. 'Job Points' are earned whenever your sim is at work and one of the job factors is listed as above "average" (the yellow, :| smilie) at +1 / hour, +2 / hour, or +3 / hour respectively. If the job factor is exceedingly poor, below the yellow "average, you can gain negative job points as well (again, -1 / hour, -2 / hour, and -3 / hour respectively).

Finally, there are a couple of factors independent from the 'job factors'. Sims with the Ambitious Trait or Multi-tasker Lifetime Happiness Reward get a free 1.5 / hour in work performance (they stack), as is the result of choosing to "work hard" from the work tone menu (at the result of massively increased Fun loss).

In some ways, this makes the higher promotions easier to get - you get more Job Factors (up to 4) at the higher ranks, which means while it is also easier to lose performance due to lack of skill / relations / other, once you get the relevant skill up into the positive effect, you promote earlier due to more cumulative bonus stacking.

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If you look where your work hours are, then look where your mood is, then the bar next to that has to be filled to get a promotion.

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Get the Workaholic, Ambitious and Schmoozer traits. You can 'work hard' all day without stressing out, then you can go home and 'work from home' all night, and on your off days. Throw a party (or just invite) and include your boss and all your co-workers to the party. If you're promotion bar is 3/4 filled you can chat your boss into getting a promotion and/or raise. Chat them up until they think you are being 'friendly/sociable' then 'discuss work' then hit them with the 'ask for promotion' and 'ask for raise'. Make sure you are at least good friends with your boss and that you have reached a friendly/sociable level of the conversation for it to work 100%. If you just dont care anymore (and have a brave trait) you can 'demand a raise/promotion' while at work and from the options menu from the work bldg :)

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