Being Passed Over for a Promotion

Published Date 3/16/2019
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Losing a promotion can lead to depression, anger, and low self-esteem.

Losing a promotion can lead to depression, anger, and low self-esteem.

Being passed over for a much-anticipated promotion is always a lousy experience. It's normal to feel hurt and disappointed. However, before you attack your boss, slide into depression, or quit your job, take a few deep breaths and calm down. Here's how to handle losing that promotion you thought was in the bag. 

Manage Your Emotions

When you've worked hard and all the signs indicate you are up for the next promotion, it's devastating when things don't go the way you hoped. Shock and disappointed quickly give way to anger. It's normal to feel angry. It's normal to wonder why the other person deserved it and you didn't. If you need to vent, don't do it with your co-workers. Call a close friend or talk to someone you trust. Blow off some steam and once it's out of your system, you'll return to work feeling calmer.

Get Feedback From Your Boss

It's easy to become paranoid when you lose a promotion. You may question your competence or think your boss dislikes you. Don't overanalyze it. Instead, ask your boss for feedback. You may learn there are areas you need to strengthen. Human beings are notorious for overestimating their abilities. We don't always see ourselves the way others do. It's called a blind spot. Your co-worker may have certain attributes you are weaker in or lacking. You may not see it, but your manager did. If you want to uncover your blind spots, consult a clairvoyant who has the ability to perceive things about you that you are unaware of.

See the Bigger Picture

When overlooked for a promotion, don't take it personally. In most cases, when management makes big decisions like this, they are looking at the bigger picture. Your boss can shed some light on this when you chat with him or her about it. Perhaps they felt your skills on the ground benefit the company a lot more than a managerial role will. Perhaps the other candidate is more of a strategic thinker, something the role requires. Perhaps they have previous experience that will benefit the role. 

Consider Moving On

If, however, you can find no valid reason to be passed over for a promotion and suspect it may be personal, it may be time to update your resume and start looking for another job. Similarly, if there are no other opportunities for growth in your current company, it may be time to find a new challenge elsewhere. If you're looking for some guidance on your next career move, a cartomancy reading can help give some direction. 

Everyone likes to be recognized for a job well done, and getting a promotion validates that. Always remember that just because you weren't promoted this time around doesn't mean you won't be promoted next time. The timing may just be off. Maintain a good work ethic and one day, when the time is right, a promotion will come your way.


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