Why Am I Not Getting Promoted? Some Answers That Make Sense

Have you ever wondered why some people move up in their careers, getting one promotion after another, or being recruited by other organizations? Their credentials don’t look any better than yours; in fact, you may even have better credentials.

Moving up your career ladder requires more than simply doing well at your current role – but it’s not rocket science. 

Toot your own horn

First, you need to believe in yourself and get comfortable “tooting your own horn.” When you land that big new account or reduce the operating expenditures for your department, your leadership should know about it.

Write an email to management praising the team that helped you achieve the accomplishment.

For some, self-promotion isn’t easy or natural, but modestly showcasing your own strengths and achievements may be the only way others see that you’re ready to advance and are capable of excelling in a promoted role. 

Promotions aren’t just for folks with good luck. The more you incorporate these strategies into your routine, the better prepared you will be for the next advancement opportunity

Demonstrate readiness

Act like you are in the position that you want to be in. I was in sales for many years, and at one point, I was ready to move into management.

Touting my achievements as a salesperson wasn’t enough, because management is not about sales. Being a good salesperson could not demonstrate to management my skills as a leader.

I started acting like a manager by being a mentor to other sales people and emulating what I saw other good leaders do. I also stayed out of any office politics.

Management took notice, and when the next sales management position came open and I applied for it, I got the promotion. 

Be an active participant

Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you are in a meeting, be an active participant. If you have an idea that will help your supervisor complete a project, speak up about it.

Even if he or she doesn’t agree with your idea, this will showcase your leadership skills. If your supervisor likes your idea, be ready to help him or her execute it. 

Manage across all levels

Manage up, down, and sideways. If you have a problem, your manager should know about it, but don’t just bring the problem to your manager — have a solution to offer.

If you see some potential issues with something you are working on, let your manager know early, and let him or her know how you will manage the issue. You never want your manager to be blindsided with a problem that has been going on for a while.

Remember, he or she has to manage up, too. Additionally, communicate well with your team, be open to input, and make it a priority to maintain good relationships with your peers. 

Dress for success

Present the right image. Dress like you’ve already been promoted. Look at what your management is wearing, and dress like them. Err on the side of professional when it comes to work attire.

Dressing too casually or provocatively may draw attention, but not the type of attention that will get you a promotion. 

Promotions aren’t just for folks with good luck. The more you incorporate these strategies into your routine, the better prepared you will be for the next advancement opportunity. Hopefully that promotion will come soon! 

About the Author

Joni Burton is CEO of JVS Career Services in the US. This article was first published on LinkedIn’s Influencer blog.

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