Career Advice

How to Handle Being Passed Over for a Promotion

ivessi 18 March, 2020

 Being passed over for a promotion can seem like the end of the world. It can feel like you were ignored, overlooked, and underappreciated. The good news is that you can get the promotion next time around if you handle the rejection the right way this time. Here's what you can do. 

Congratulate the Other Person

Employers do not like sore losers or sour grapes. You can take this opportunity to show your bosses how much integrity you have and how much of a team player you are just by being a humble loser. Congratulate the person who received a promotion and help that person to transition into his or her new job. You might think that your employers aren't paying attention to that, but they really are. 

Ask for Feedback

You must ask for feedback from your employer if you want to gain a better understanding of why you did not receive a promotion. Request a meeting and then gently ask if there is anything you can work on to improve your chances next time around. You can start making changes if your bosses are willing to give you in-depth information about why they didn't choose you. 

Express Your Desire for Promotion

Finally, sometimes people get passed over because they don't tell anyone they desire to advance. They simply fill out applications for management positions, but they never talk to their superiors about developing them. You need to make your supervisor aware that you want to start training for the next upcoming position. Your employer will be delighted to do so if they find value in your services. You never know how much communication makes a difference until you start doing it for yourself. 

If you take those tips to heart, you can better your chances of being picked the next time promotion time pops up. Don't let one round get you down. Keep fighting and striving to be the best that you can be.