It’s human nature to be wanted, acknowledged for our work, accepted by others, chosen for the team. When we get overlooked, bypassed, dismissed or ignored it feels horrible. Those who are naturally resilient or optimistic in nature can quickly chalk it up to “there’s always next time” or “it’s their loss”. But for many it stings, and they are left at a loss for what to do next. Here are some tips for when a promotion doesn’t pan out.
1. Ask yourself – was it the right fit to begin with? Sometimes we throw our hat in the ring when in reality we have no business playing in that ring. It’s a long shot at best.
2. Ask others – why wasn’t I selected? Was it a skill gap? What could have made me a more desirable choice? What can I do to position myself better next time?
3. Ask yourself – how am I perceived? Do others really know what I can do or offer? This comes back to becoming comfortable talking about the various skills you have, don’t assume your work speaks for itself.
4. Ask others – what’s my reputation? What am I known for? Asking others can offer great insight into the skills and qualities others see in you. Remember perception rules.
5. Ask yourself – am I doing everything I can to give myself options? This is about building relationships and staying vigilant to opportunities that may present themselves. Promotions often come to those who have the strongest reputation and relationships.
When all else fails take a step back and assess if a promotion is even possible in the current climate of your company. If not give someone else a chance to value you.