Sunday, September 13, 2009

12 Reasons You Didn't Get That Promotion

Originally uploaded by drewmaniac

  1. You have a bad attitude.
  2. You're in with the gossip circles.
  3. You readily offer complaints, but rarely solutions.
  4. You think you have no future within the company.
  5. You have no real goals.
  6. You only want the promotion to escape your current position.
  7. You don't perform in your current position.
  8. You feel entitled to it.
  9. You never work overtime.
  10. You aren't qualified and don't impress enough for that to be overlooked.
  11. You refuse to do anything outside your job description.
  12. You try to go with the flow.
I hear so many say things like, "I don't know why I didn't get that promotion." Well, there's a good chance the reason is in that list. If you can identify the true reason, you can position yourself better the next time around. It might require some self reflection, but it's worth it in the long run. Instead of becoming bitter or angry over being overlooked, see what things you can do to improve your odds for future position openings.

Obviously we could add more to this list. What would you add?


Jon in OKC said...

Some of these seem like such common sense. Must be stuff I have learned through experience in my many days and through my many jobs. lol

Have you seen my blog yet?

Andrew Weaver said...

Yeah, they are... but many still don't get it. I say that from experience.

I hadn't seen your blog - nice! I'm looking forward to it. I heard you talking about it at Labor Day, but I didn't realize at the time you were being serious.