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Working with Cheryl last year was one of the best experiences in a long time of pursuing my professional development. She was able to help me define my visions, focus my efforts, and guide me towards an efficient and successful job search. Even though she has not worked in my field, she provided me with plenty of tailored resources and taught me how to use social media tools for professional networking and growth. Even after finding a new job I continue to work with her on my career development goals, because she thinks out of the box and gives advice that consistently brings me closer to the 5-year goal that she helped me formulate. Cheryl always appears to be one step ahead of your thought process and is extremely talented at asking the necessary questions so you can reach your own conclusions as to what seems best for you. She is motivating, supportive, optimistic yet realistic, and one of the most positive forces you can have on your side while trying to reach the next goal.”

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Many of us have been there. We knew we were under consideration for a promotion, we got our hopes up, but at the end of the day, someone else was promoted, not us.

So once you have finished licking your wounds, what should you do next? Is there anything that you can do to increase your chances of being promoted the next time?

Here are some steps you can take to learn from this experience and grow from it:

1) Find out exactly what management considers necessary to make you worthy of promotion. You need specifics. Is it your education level? Do you need a certification? Is it your lack of managerial or supervisory experience?

2) Do your own due diligence. Your manager will no doubt give you the official answer, so it is to your benefit to check out the credentials of the person who actually got the job. In some cases, the fact that you were not promoted really doesn’t have anything to do with credentials. It may have much more to do with fit. If this is the case, you may have to work harder at improving your relationships with management so that they will see you as worthy of promotion.

3) Swallow your pride and ask your manager what you could do differently next time. First though, you need to think through your approach. It isn’t just about the questions that you ask. It’s also about how you ask them. You may need to practice with a friend first to make sure that you are coming across as genuinely wanting to know how you can improve instead of coming across as bitter because you didn’t get the job.

Here are some questions to pose:

• I was very interested in the ___________ position. I know that _____________ was chosen for the position, and I respect your decision. I’d really like to know what I can do be more competitive for a promotion the next time around. Could you please tell me what types of things I need to work on to boost my chances of being selected for a promotion in the future?

• Are there any classes that I can take or certifications that I can obtain?

• Are there any soft skills that I could work on that would boost my candidacy (i.e., negotiation, communication, networking)?

• How can I best align my skill set with where the organization is going in the future?

It is also worth your time to consider reasons that you may have been passed up for the promotion.

• The company may have wanted to get talent from the outside because they want a fresh perspective.

• You may not have been at the company long enough to have insider knowledge of how the company functions.

• You might not have sufficient managerial or supervisory experience.

• Your education level may not be considered sufficient.

• You may be technically competent but lack soft skills.

Doing some self assessment to determine why you were not promoted and then working on these issues will help you to use this experience as a steppingstone. Instead of wallowing in self pity and resentment, you can work on becoming more promotable, either in your current organization or elsewhere.

For professional assistance with managing your career, speak to a certified career coach at 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com to learn more about Call to Career’s services.