You were ready for that promotion. You saw it coming. You worked hard for it. It was not even a question of “if,” but “when” you would get the memo.
But you didn’t get it. Now what?
Getting passed over for a promotion can be disheartening – and even humiliating. Outside of actually losing a job, being passed over for a promotion can be the worst professional experience you’ll face in your career. No matter the circumstances, nobody wants to hear that they didn’t meet the mark.
Here are 3 things you shouldn’t do (and 3 things you should do) after receiving the news:
- Take out your frustrations at work or with your co-workers, subordinates or superiors
- Talk to colleagues, staff and work friends about this at work
- Question your boss’ decision
- Talk privately with your supervisor and discuss the situation. Try to no be emotional. Ask him/her specific questions about what happened. Seek feedback that will help you grow and learn.
- Ask yourself questions such as: “What do I need to work on to improve my chances to being promoted in the future?” “Is there anything I should pay particular attention to?
- Realize everybody has different perspectives; inquire about them to determine how to improve your communication for future opportunities