(Closed) I’ve officially been passed up for promotion. Again.

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would set up a touch base with your boss and ask what you can do to improve, or if there’s any areas of opportunity.  Speaking directly with your manager shows initiative and also lets them provide their point of view and let you know what they need out of you.  Maybe there’s a disconnect you didn’t even know about?  This is an opportunity for you to find out and go from there.  Make a timeline with your boss for projects and goals, ask if there’s any additional tasks you can take on to improve your skill set.  Ask point-blank what you can do to move ahead.

I feel for you and have definitely been there before.  It can be frustrating for sure.  Good luck!!

Post # 4
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree. Just sit down with you boss and let them know that you are very interested in growing within the company. Ask what steps you can take to better yourself in the work place. There could be something that bothers him/her that you are unaware of. Im sorry I know how frustrating this can be. Just keep holding your head high!!

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

Agree with PPs about talking to the boss.

Take notes and then after the meeting write a summary of the points and send to the boss via email asking for confirmation that these are the areas you need to work on in order to be promotion material. This provides written proof if you need it in the future for any reason. Keep the email!!!

Ask him specifically what you need to do to get the next available promotion. Then ask if you can meet again in 6 months to review your progress.

Then if you dont get the next promotion, its time to bail. Its hard, but at some point you have to accept you may never get the promotion there for any number of reasons.

Post # 6
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Talk to the boss.

Sometimes companies don’t promote people that are good workers at their current position because they do not want to re train someone and they think that since you are good where you are, you can keep doing a good job at what you are doing.

If they make it clear that it won’t ever happen, start looking at other options for employment if that is in the cards for you right now. I’ve seen great people get passed up and a lot of times the people leave after it happens a few times. Don’t waste your talents where you are not appreciated.

Post # 8
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@SleepingWithNuns: yeah, I’m with you – I hope that insurance job works out! It sounds like a much better fit for you.

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