Hint: self-awareness can help you get started figuring out this common professional riddle.
It is often people ask themselves some version of this simple question:
“Why am I not getting promoted?”
Let’s cut to the chase with some real reasons why and strategies to get over these hurdles. Keep in mind, successful strategies also appear in the form of what NOT to do.
You’re too annoying
Yes. That is correct. You actually might be too annoying for the people who have the power to promote. Time for self-awareness and self-assessment. If you’re getting annoyed by this paragraph, this may be true for you.
You’re not annoying enough
Of course, this doesn’t apply to the annoying people. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. This saying might be an old cliche but it is true. Make it known that a promotion is what you want, and work hard towards it. Show the decision makers and everyone else that you are the one for the job. Don’t forget, being the squeaky wheel is an artform.
The Owner is not your Cousin
There are so many times people don’t get a promotion they deserve. Their skill-set, time at the company, attitude, and everything else are perfect for the job! One simple ingredient is missing, they aren’t related to the decision maker. I have seen time and time again, that a promotion is given to a cousin or family member who might not be as qualified as you. Unfortunately, this is part of the game. Suck it up, move on, and figure out a different angle or position at the company you want.
You Gossip too much
Gossip might be fun, but it can bite you in the ass. This is a great way to set up bad karma. If you don’t gossip to begin with, you won’t have to worry about covering your tracks.
You are obsessed with the wrong promotion
Stop trucking through your job with blinders on. There are more paths to success than the one promotion you are focused on. Broaden your horizons and look for other opportunities you may be fit for. Think outside the box.
No one really cares about your Job Title
There are two types of people in the corporate world when it comes to promotion. The ones driven by titles and the ones driven by money. If you are the former, your Company loves having you. This might lead you to a promotion illusion. The Job Title looks nice, but you’re still taking home the same money. Get flexible, get real, and start moving UP!
You Slept with the wrong person
If anyone tells you having an affair for the sake of a job is a winning solution, they are wrong. This is a short term solution, to a long-term problem. Even this business of “work wives” and “work husbands” is a bad idea. Keep your personal world at a distance from your business world, and you will increase your luck. Stay focused, stay strong, slam dunk your next promotion!
Originally appeared at LinkedIn. Reprinted with permission.
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