#WinsforWomen, Amazing NAPW Members, BeConnected, Career

5 Reasons Why You Aren't Getting Promoted


Today we are very excited to be sharing a blog post from Natalie Fikes, a Professionally Trained and Certified Speaker & Leadership Coach and Central Region Manger for NAPW. This post was previously posted on LinkedIn.

You’ve been at your company for years. You’re exceeding your goals and are ready to move up. The only problem is, you keep getting overlooked for promotions. You have all of the qualifications (or so you think), but you just can’t seem to advance in your career. Here are 5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Promoted and tips to prepare you for your next opportunity.

#1 Your Reputation Proceeds You: There is a huge difference between being cordial with your co-workers and being friends with everyone.You may have gotten too close to too many people so management believes promoting you may cause a conflict of interest. Although it is important to have healthy working relationships, your goal should always be to stand out as a leader. You want to be the “go to person” because you are a subject matter expert, not the “go out with” person because you are fun to be around.

Promotion Tip: You can repair your reputation by slowing down on the number of cook-outs you attend and not commenting on everyone’s social media posts. Instead, find more ways to be helpful around the office and volunteer for an additional project to keep yourself productive.

#2 You Can’t Handle Rejection: Most people don’t get promoted when they want to. That’s why it is extremely important that you take the disappointment of not being selected as an opportunity to ask questions, work on advancing your skill set, while positioning yourself for the next opportunity. Talking badly about the hiring manager or the person who received the promotion will only harm your chances for the next time. Don’t even think about feeding into office chatter suggesting you should have received the promotion. Though it may sting a bit, it is best to support the companies decision and continue to exceed expectations.

Promotion Tip: Go to the hiring manager and thank them for the opportunity to interview. Express your desire for future consideration and ask if there is anything they would suggest you work on until another opportunity presents itself.

#3 You Haven’t Communicated Your Interests: In most cases you’re not even on the radar if your boss doesn’t know what your career interests are. It is true, most managers have a candidate in mind when posting a position. There isn’t any reason why that person can’t be you. Take the time to communicate your desires for advancement and find out what expectations your boss has of you to ensure a positive recommendation.

Promotion Tip: Let everyone in the office know what position you are aiming for. You never know who knows someone that can put a good word in for you, or at least keep you updated on what positions may be coming available. Stop by and visit other departments so they know your interests as well.

#4 You Apply For Everything: One day you’re applying to be CEO of the company, and the next day you want to be the janitor. Managers aren’t going to take your request seriously if you look like you just want to leave the department. Speak with your human resources department to map out the best career path for you, or refer to #3 and get your boss on board.

Promotion Tip: What do you want to accomplish professionally? Don’t apply for another position until you have the answer to that question. Once you get clear, you’ll know where you’re going and you’ll know what you need to do to get there.

#5 You Have Character Issues: No one wants to work for or on the same level as someone they don’t enjoy being around. Your technical abilities alone will never get you to the next level if people just don’t like working with you. Not only are you sabotaging your opportunities for advancement, you are missing out on your earning potential. Start working on you because the way you are interacting with others is costing you. Character is Currency.

Promotion Tip: Take courses to develop your soft skills, invest in coaching, and read self-development books.

Connect with NAPW today to take your career to the next step.


Megan Bozzuto