Anyone who’s been turned down for a promotion knows the sting of rejection it creates. This is especially true when it comes from those who know you, as well as your work. Writer Alison Green discusses 5 ways to handle this in the article “What to Do When You Are Turned Down for a Promotion.”
• Don’t take it Personally-Most of the time it isn’t about your personality or your skill-set; it’s more likely that another individual simply is more qualified. Don’t let this affect your work; demonstrate your abilities with a graceful attitude.
• Meet with the hiring manager and ask for Feedback-Be open to constructive feedback on how you can be a stronger candidate for future opportunities. Let the manager know you are grateful for advice on how you can better your chances for promotion.
• Discuss your professional goals with your own Manager-Ask for ways to increase your visibility within the company. Take on new responsibilities that will enhance your job knowledge and show you are willing to take on new challenges.
• Look at your Situation-After meeting with those who have given you advice, evaluate yourself by asking what you have learned from those discussions. Do you have a clear understanding of why you were passed over and how you can better prepare yourself for future opportunities?
• Make a plan to get what you Want- Use the discussions to get a clear idea of how to go about getting that promotion. Also, be honest with yourself; sometimes it’s out of your hands and no matter what you do the realization of getting that coveted promotion just may not happen at your current position.
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