Career advice: what to do if you’ve missed out on a promotion
Here are the top tips for dealing with missing out on what you thought you wanted at work:
1. Take a break
Take time to digest what’s just happened. You’re bound to feel hurt, but although your instinctive response might be to take it out on the person who got the job, or your boss, vent to someone outside the office. Once you’re over the initial hurt, it’s time to start assessing why you didn’t get the promotion.
2. Don’t assume the worst
A missed promotion isn’t necessarily a judgement about you as an employee – a wide range of factors can influence this kind of decision. For example, the other candidate might have experience you don’t know about, making him or her more qualified for the role, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
3. Get the facts
The next step is difficult, but essential. Set up a meeting with your boss to ask for an honest explanation of the decision. Use their feedback to help reassess your career goals.
4. Schedule a meeting with your manager
Ask for a meeting with your manager so you have the opportunity to tell them you want to move up in the organization. They will be more likely to keep you in mind for upcoming promotions after learning of your intentions, and may even suggest a mentor who can provide additional guidance on how to rise through the ranks…