Didn’t Get the Promotion You’d Hoped For? Here’s What to do Next:

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“Didn’t Get the Promotion You’d Hoped For? Here’s What to do Next:”

By: Courtney Beam

Missing out on a promotion can be discouraging, especially if you thought that you had it in the bag. The good news is that you aren’t alone, as this happens to professionals at all levels. If you experience this, it is important to not give up vying for another promotion. Below are a few tips for what to do next:

Don’t Act on Impulse: It may be difficult to go back to your original job after the excitement that came with anticipating a promotion. It’s important not to act on emotions, quitting before you are ready. Perhaps there are ways to work on new tasks within your current role to keep you challenged until another promotion or new job opportunity comes along. By leaving on impulse, you may be missing out on another great internal opportunity around the corner.

Work with a Career Coach: A professional, unbiased opinion may be just what you need. My suggestion is to either enlist the help of a career coach or someone in your personal network who can offer sound, unbiased advice. They can help you sort through what it is that you would like to do in your career. Perhaps a new career move is in order or maybe a better route would be to re-frame your current role. It’s important to seek the advice of someone familiar with your skills and the industry to determine if you have the right skills and experience for the new role.

Ask for Feedback and ACT: Inquire from the hiring manager or HR department why you were passed up for the promotion. Once you gain the feedback, make an action plan for how to shore up any skill gaps so you are prepared when the next opportunity rolls around. Perhaps there is additional training that you could seek out that will give you a better chance next time.

Other action steps: Continue to work on building your network so that when another opportunity comes up you are ready to jump on it. It’s also important to maintain your composure during this time. While it can be incredibly disappointing, it’s important to not say hurtful things toward the organization or the person who was awarded the position.

Have you recently been passed up for a promotion? What other tips did you find helpful? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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