Losing out on a promotion you wanted can be crushing. Drastic thoughts might pop into your head, like do you belong at the company if they don’t think you deserve more responsibility.
Before you make any rash decisions, there are several things you should do to take stock of your future at the company.
The job site Indeed shared some of the first things you should do after getting turned down for a promotion, and here are the key points.
Give Yourself Time
Don’t make any decisions while your emotions are still raw. Cycle through your disappointment, sadness, or frustration, then look at the situation when you are calm.
Ask What You Need to Improve On
Getting rejected once does not mean you will never be accepted. Solicit feedback from your manager about what they would need to see from you to promote you.
Use This as Motivation
Most things you want in life will come with setbacks. Maybe this is just the wake up call you need to realize you have been coasting. Rather than throw in the towel, use this as fuel to improve.
Figure Out Where to Go from Here
If after talking with your manager you got concrete things you can improve on to get a promotion, that is a good goal. However, if that meeting yielded a sense that favoritism was responsible for who got promoted, maybe you genuinely should consider moving on.
Times of failure are good moments to reassess everything. Take an objective look where your desires of where you want to be in the company compare to their desires for you.
To read more details about each of these steps, check out the post that Indeed made by visiting here.
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