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The 3 Steps To Take When You Are Passed Over For Work Promotions

by Martha Simmonds

When you work in a corporate position then you are likely looking to climb the corporate ladder and move up in the company. Not many people are content to toil away in their little cubicles forever and not get promotions or raises. The problem is that you don’t always get the promotion or the raise when you expect one.

It can be disheartening to work hard and then have the latest promotion go to somebody else. It takes a lot of strength to move on mentally to this especially if it happens often. You aren’t guaranteed promotion but it does become expected at a certain point. In this article, we will go over what you need to do when you are passed over for a promotion.

1. Get some feedback

There may be a valid reason why you were not given the promotion in question so it pays off to understand what the reasons may be. If you assume you have it in the bag then you need to find out what you should have been doing differently to be the one that gets the new position. Otherwise, you will be continually making the same mistakes and losing out on future promotions.

Ask for some feedback afterward from your superiors so that you know what you need to be working on. Of course, there is the possibility that you are passed over as a form of retaliation or discrimination which is illegal. Getting some feedback may confirm your suspicions and give you some evidence that you can bring to a lawyer like HKM so you can seek damages.

It could also be that you were not what the company was looking for in that role. You could then direct your attention to other promotions that are a better fit for what you are and what you bring to the table.

2. Learn from it

Once you’ve gotten some feedback then you have to find a way to use it to your advantage. Make it a learning experience so you can move on without it occupying too much space in your mind and causing resentment to build. When you can find a way to learn from the experience then you are setting yourself up for success later on.

Although there may have been some things going on behind the scenes that have nothing to do with you, you are still in control of what happens next. If you found that you lacked the leadership qualities needed to succeed in the new role then you will have to take on the challenge of learning some.

3. Don’t take it personally

To get over the hurt that comes from the sense of rejection from being passed over you will need to find a way to remove your emotions from the situation. Don’t take it personally and think of it dispassionately.

Remember that it may only be this time that you don’t get the promotion and there may be valid reasons for being passed over. If you can get past the rejection then you can do what it takes to be ready for the next round of promotions.

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