Did Someone Else Get Your Promotion? Here’s What You Can Do!

Posted in: staffing- Oct 30, 2014 Comments Off

By Dejan Madjoski

One of the biggest career setbacks is to see someone else get the promotion you were aiming at. It can be especially disappointing if you have spent a lot of time and put a lot of energy to get that promotion. At the end all you’ve got was a door slammed in your face. But what can you do, that’s life and you have to carry on no matter how disappointed or demotivated you might be at the moment.

There are several things you may do after you’ve lost a promotion. Some can be of benefit, while some can lead to future career failures. So clear up your head, swallow your pride and choose wisely.

The worst thing you could do is to put your self in the role of a victim. Maybe some will have pity on you, but that is the most you will get. Even more, you will get more depressed and negative which ultimately can start turning people away from you.

No matter how you might feel, that is not what you want to happen you.

Another thing you could do is to impulsively quit your job and start looking for another one somewhere else. This might not be a bad idea, but don’t do it because you are angry or disappointed. First make sure you’ve calmed down and evaluated the situation well. Then make a wise decision.

So if that is what you shouldn’t do, what should you do?

Talk to the ones responsible for the promotion

The first thing to do is to talk to your superior manager or whoever had the final decision for the promotion. The purpose of this conversation is not to ask them why John Doe got the promotion and don’t do that. No body wants to justify them selves and even they do, you will not benefit from the conversation.

Instead, ask them why they haven’t chosen you, what you should correct and what you should work on and improve to make sure you don’t miss the next promotion.

While having the conversation explain that your only intention is to understand why you didn’t get chosen and how you should improve. This way they will be more willing to give you open feedback and you will actually be able to use what you hear.

Self evaluate and make a plan

After you get the feedback it’s time to give it a serious thought and evaluate what’s been said. Many times others see things about us that we are not able to see by our selves. So take those inputs as basis for your evaluation. If you disagree with some of it, ask for second or third opinion from other managers and peers. This will help you have a clear picture how others perceive you and what you should change in order to improve.

Once you have the clear picture, make a precise and time scheduled plan which will lead you to the desired improvement. Making a good plan is a must and is as good as doing half of the job to the improvement. With the plan you will have a constant reminder about what you should do, you can track your progress and can motivate your self by being able to see your progress.

Work on self improvement

By now you’ve done half of the job, but you still need to finish the other half. The actual work on the improvement is the hardest and the longest of all the things on the list, but all the hard work will be worth at the end if done seriously.

Second self evaluation and feedback

After you complete all planned development activities make another self evaluation. If you are satisfied with the results then it would be good to ask for feedback from the respective decision makers. This conversation will help you see how far you’ve reached with your progress, but even more important, it will show the manager that you’ve taken your self development very seriously and will let them see how you’ve improved. Eventually, when the time comes they will have no more excuses not to give you a promotion.

By now you’ve done a great job to ensure your promotion, still there are other things to do before the opportunity comes. That opportunity might come in couple of months, but you might also have to wait for a year or more. In mean time make sure:

Your performance is exceptional and your behavior is appropriate. No matter how great job you’ve done with your improvement, at the end you’ll be evaluated for your performance and only top performers are considered for higher positions.

Your manager, i.e. the promotion decision maker, sees what you are doing and is aware that you still want the promotion. It doesn’t matter how good job you do if the right people don’t see it. So make sure they are aware of your performance. Also, there might be a while between your second feedback and the promotion opportunity so make sure the decision makers are aware that you are still interested in the promotion.

You leave positive impressions around the organization. Being positively accepted throughout the organization will help your odds. Most decision makers usually consult other employees, peers and managers about their opinions on the candidates so it is important what others will say. Also if other managers show interest in you, your manager might hurry up a bit to get you that promotion before he sees you out of the door.

You are a team player and help your colleagues. This will convince the decision makers that you know how to work with people and that you take care of them.

Be proactive

When the time comes, don’t just apply and see what happens. If the decision makers don’t approach you, you approach them. Talk with them about the opportunity, about your application and ask them for feedback about your chances. If you see that the position is not 100% yours ask them what you should do to get it. Is there anything else you should change or improve? Also make them aware about all the things you’ve done to to reach the level you’ve discussed at the first feedback session.

Another part of being proactive is to present them your plans about the position, the unit or department and how you will develop them in order to improve results.

Search for another solution

The above should pretty much insure positive results, however in some situations it is very difficult to get a promotion in the current department or organization. If after careful evaluation, or even after you complete the steps above you see that you can not get the promotion, then maybe it’s time to change the organizational unit or the company.

The reasons why you can not get the promotion can be different, but at the end it doesn’t really matter why you can not get it. If you think that your career should develop in that direction and that you deserve to be promoted to such a position, then start looking for a place that can ensure that.

I hope this helps in your journey to promotion! Looking forward to your thoughts and experiences.

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Article Source: Madjoski, D. (2014). Did someone else get your promotion? Here’s what you can do!. Linkedin. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141023112809-16938142-did-someone-else-get-your-promotion-here-s-what-you-can-do