Should I apply for a promotion, even if someone else is more qualified?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Do it!

Post # 4
7206 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Girl, please I’ve learned through the years, coworkers (even so called friends) are not worrying about you. Everyone looks out for number one. Your responsibility is to your career and wellbeing. Of course should go for it.

Post # 5
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@sarabee:  do it 🙂

You have nothing to lose, if you get the position and not the other person is because you are more qualified then the said person 🙂 

Post # 6
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Go for it! Even if you don’t get it it sends a very positive signal about you to your boss. Good luck!

Post # 7
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would go for it.

Post # 8
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I see no harm in trying.

Post # 9
94 posts
Worker bee

I see no reason not to go for it. Worst case is you don’t get it this time, but they know you’re looking to move up, which may help with development plans/current work situation.

Post # 10
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yes, you should go for it. You cannot set your life on hold because of the possible feelinbgs of a friend, someone who trained you. You had to work hard to get where you are!

Post # 11
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


Post # 12
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Don’t disqualify yourself just because you think there will be more qualified applicants.  If you don’t go for it, you’ll never get it!

Post # 13
4634 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@sarabee:  GO FOR IT! There’s always someone more ‘qualified’ but that doesn’t mean you’re out of the running. Your biggest critic is always yourself, get that negative voice out of your head and go for it!

Post # 14
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@sarabee:  Always apply unless you really don’t want the job.

It shows that you’re ambitious.. that’s a good thing. If you don’t apply, people will wonder why, especially if they know you’re doing work you’re a bit overqualified for.

Worst case you get some practice updating your resume, and possibly some interview experience and don’t get the job. Best case, you get the job or are noticed and a shoo-in for the next available promotion.

Post # 15
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sarabee:  So here’s my dilema, should I apply for the position even if there is one person who is more qualified than me? Or should I not apply?

I would feel bad if I got the position and the person more qualified than me, experience wise didn’t get it. We are friends and she trained me.

Go for it. Seriously. This is why women fall behind their male counterparts in the working world – b/c they feel too much and are afraid of stepping on toes. Even if you don’t get it, you will be showing initiative and drive to rise up in your company/firm – always a good thing. Plus, who knows? Maybe they will create a new position for you that will be better suited. It’s possible – it’s happened to me a couple times. 🙂 


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