You might think you’re giving your employer 100% of your time, effort and energy. But despite your best efforts, you keep getting overlooked for promotion. It’s a frustrating situation, especially when you’re trying to climb the career ladder and grow within the organization. As much as you don’t want to accept the truth, eventually you’ll have to come to terms with the possibility that you may never be promoted.
It’s a hard truth to accept, but there are ways to cope.
See also: 5 Tips to Earn a Promotion
1. Do a Little Investigative Work
Understandably, you don’t want to come off as a whiny brat at work. However, if you keep getting overlooked for promotion and you don’t know why, it’s time to have a talk with your boss and get to the bottom of the situation.
You need to figure out where you went wrong so you can fix the issue. In all likelihood, there’s a valid reason why your boss hasn’t promoted you to a new position. Maybe you don’t have the degree required for a position. Or, despite being a hard worker, other employees might be a better fit. No matter the reason, once you understand the underlying issue, it’ll be easier to deal with the situation.
2. Accept the Situation for What It Is
Acceptance can be difficult, but it’s necessary if you’re ever going to cope with the idea of never being promoted.
You have a choice: either sit around miserable and complain about the injustices occurring in the office or make the best of the situation and maintain a professional image. Even if you can’t change the situation, you can change your outlook. Our minds are powerful and we can choose to be happy or sad.
3. Plan Your Next Move
Once you’ve accepted that you might never be promoted, it’s time to plan your next move. Just because you accept the situation doesn’t mean you have to stay in a dead end job. If you feel in your heart that you’re ready to move on, then it’s time to look elsewhere. But don’t jump ship prematurely. Do your research and determine the skills you’ll need to shine above the competition. Take an additional course at a community college or work with a career counselor to improve your résumé and interview skills. It might take weeks or months to actually turn in your resignation letter, but once you have a plan in place, it’ll be easier to cope with the present situation.
4. Think About the Benefit of Not Getting Promoted
Even though you wouldn’t mind a promotion at work, reflecting on the benefits of staying in your current position can help you cope with the idea of not being promoted. For example, a promotion might result in a higher salary, but it can also come with a lot of extra responsibilities. You may have to work longer hours, and the position may involve more stress than you’re currently dealing with. After reflecting on the benefits of staying in your current position, being overlooked for promotions might not seem as bad.
Not getting promoted can be frustrating, especially if you were expecting good news in your last performance review. Unfortunately, with so many employees and so few positions, employers can’t promote everyone. So the fact that you’ve been overlooked doesn’t necessarily mean your employer doesn’t recognize your hard work. Give it some time and a promotion might come along.