Post # 1
This is twice in one year.
I’m officially out of ideas.
I’ve been with the company for four years, put in my devoted time to staying late, being polite to every customer (even the mean ones), coming in early every day, etc.
After I was denied the first promotion (my boss told me in the middle of my work day, not at the end and the girl who got the promotion instead of me was told right after me) I read a ton of leadership books, tried to realize what was important, and take every piece of advice to heart.
Someone from outside of the company applied to work with our store a few months ago. My boss interviewed her, said she qualified for more than starting position, and as far as I know, after an interview with our DM, she got the job, but not starting position. My boss promised to never hire from the outside for a level of promotion, but I feel extremely let down.
//trying to keep my head up high//
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
And that’s the thing that stings too, is that I was told all of my areas of improvement after my first interview. She told me I was completely unprofessional, I took a lot of offense to that for reasons I’m not willing to say here (let’s just say I wanted to tell her to look in the mirror). I tried to calm down, and be a better leader.
I was offered a job interview for a job opening in December. I did a good job in the interview, he told me he thought of me when the girl said the position would be opening up in Dec, but since it was so far away from my interview, I completely understood that I didn’t hear anything back right away. I’m crossing my fingers this other job works out.
Post # 8
@SleepingWithNuns: yeah, I’m with you – I hope that insurance job works out! It sounds like a much better fit for you.