Do you feel like you’re being overlooked at work when it comes to being promoted? If you’re trying to take the next step in your career, but not getting anywhere, then it’s time to look at why.

Whilst it might be a difficult conversation to have, start by having a conversation with the person who’s doing the interviewing. These are the top 5 most common reasons people don’t get promoted.

  1. Your Boss Doesn’t Know!
  • Have you spoken to your boss about the fact you’d like a promotion?
  • If your boss has no idea that your ambitious and you want a new challenge, they’ll probably overlook you!
  1. You Lack the Necessary Skills.
  • Even though you may be working in a similar role or have been with the company for a while, doesn’t mean you have the skills to do that particular role.
  • If this is the reason for your lack of promotion, then speak to your line manager about how you can improve your skillset, is there some in-house training they can provide or an external course you can do.
  1. You Lack Initiative.
  • It might be you’re great at what you do, but you never think about how a project could be taken to the next level or suggest ways things can be done to make the business more efficient.
  • Taking a proactive approach shows that you’re ready for a promotion.
  1. You Aren’t as Professional as you Should Be.
  • It might be that you’re seen as getting involved in office gossip or not keeping things to yourself when you should.
  • It might be that you’re 5 minutes late every morning, or get to work and sit and have your breakfast before you do any work, or you don’t listen to anyone else’s point of view.
  • It might be that you’re seen as negative and constantly moaning about things.
  1. You Expect It!
  • Don’t think that just because you’ve been with a company for a certain length of time that any promotion is definitely yours!
  • It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with a company, it comes down to your contribution and how you can help take the business forward.

Not being promoted isn’t the end of the world, but it can make you feel a bit rubbish! If it’s something you really want, then it’s worth investing the time in yourself to develop your skills to get what you want.

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