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Here’s Why You’re Not Getting Promoted


The only thing worse than being passed over for promotion is not knowing why it happened. Your manager is probably as uncomfortable discussing it as you are. So how can you figure out what’s going on?

Brandy Lee of the Daily Muse spoke with 20 executives to compile a list of seven reasons why you might have been overlooked. While nothing will replace having that tricky conversation with your supervisor, these are good things to think about.

1. You might not have the skills for the next level.

“One of the most common misconceptions employees have about promotion decisions is that they’re based solely on performance in their current role,” Lee writes. “While that’s certainly a consideration, success in one area doesn’t always translate to success in another. For instance, someone who excels at data entry may need additional education or training to become a data analyst, a job that requires strategic thinking and problem solving abilities.”

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2. You don’t take feedback well.

In order for you to improve, you have to be able to hear what needs improvement. This is, of course, harder than it sounds. Almost no one starts out feeling fantastic about getting feedback, but learning to accept it gracefully is necessary if you want to get ahead.

3. You don’t think like a boss.

If you’re always out the door at 5 on the dot, you probably don’t seem like management material. The old adage about dressing for the job you want holds true outside of the wardrobe department. Act like you’re dedicated, and others will see you that way.

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