New Delhi, Jan 28 (Agencies): Looking for a promotion at workplace? Or awaiting a boost in your career? Then the coldest month can turn out to be the hottest time to move up the corporate ladder, according to a new study.

But if you didn’t get a promotion this month, career advisers recommend starting to plan for the next big opportunity in April.

For the Indian professionals seeking promoting within their organisation, three months - April, January and July - are the perfect months in which they can get the chance, reveals a study prepared by the world's largest professional online networking site, Linkedln.

"By shedding light on professional patterns, we hope to help our members achieve their career goals by using LinkedIn in the most effective and productive way possible," LinkedIn's chief scientist DJ Patil said.

Globally the top months for professionals to get promoted are January, July and September.

Going by the survey data, January was by far the best month to get job appraisals for all professionals around the globe in the 1990s.

In the 2000s, data from LinkedIn showed that January is still the best month for promotions, but it's slowly losing its hold.

In September, there is a significant lift in promotions for professionals that listed management consulting as their industry on LinkedIn, more so than other industries.
Millennials are the professionals who are the most likely to be promoted throughout the year (rather than just in January which is the case for most professionals).

Over time, it's becoming increasingly likely that global professionals will get promoted during other months of the year.