“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan
Getting the news of being passed over for a promotion was definitely disheartening and why will it not be? After all the parties you missed, the dinners you couldn’t attend, the time you couldn’t devote to your family and all because of work.
What possibly went wrong?
What are the things you need to work on?
Obviously, you wouldn’t prefer giving up on everything and suffering in silence. Introspection is the need of the hour. Before improving you need to be well-acquainted to your mistakes in order to avert them in future.
The discussion to follow will guide you through the same and will talk about 5 possible mistakes you committed or skills you lacked, costing you a missed promotion.
1) There was No Professionalism on your Part
It’s quite understood that once you progress in your career, you’ll have to conduct yourself in a professional manner, but not only when the boss is observing. From the inability to keep things confidential to being a regular participant in the incessant office gossip and chats, possible reasons can be numerous.
Moreover, the way you behave with your co-employees is equally significant. For instance, you can easily identify problems within your department. But, making a joke out of it in the cafeteria clearly gives an impression that you’re being casual about things.
2) You Lacked Organization Skills
An untidy workstation, messy notes and untimely submissions can get all your quality work being overlooked. Promotions aren’t necessarily about paying one’s dues, they’re about proving the fact that you’re capable of succeeding at the next level.
Procrastinating things because of pending workload you have at hand, also counts under this category. Maybe too much slacking off was a reason that didn’t go in your favor.
3) You Lacked the Skills which were Indispensable
Although the performance in your current job counts as a significant consideration, but success in one area doesn’t translate equally to success in another. There are skills required according to every job profile.
For instance, soft skills like efficient conflict negotiation, business communication, diplomacy etc. need to be mastered before making progress in an organization and coming up short on these might have had negative implications.
Moreover, Leadership skills are also an essential parameter while gauging an employee for a promotion. Lacking these skills might have turned the tide against you. So, you’ll have to polish them if you still long for a promotion.
4) You Weren’t an Initiator
Becoming an employee who takes up initiatives to solve problems shows the fact that you care and feel concerned about the long-term health of the business your organization makes. On the other hand being an employee who lacks being an initiator and puts a laid-back attitude on display seems highly unproductive and futile, from the viewpoint of an employer. Ask yourself, would you have promoted such an employee?
5) You Never Voiced your Opinion and Worth
There’s a marginal difference between detailing your accomplishments and flaunting and bragging whilst not at all behaving like a team player.
Keeping the above thought in mind, you must also remember that waiting for a promotion to fall right into your lap won’t fetch you anything. It might have been the case that you were unable to pitch your ideas for new projects that significantly highlight your worth to the boss.
Enough said, by now you must have realized the things that didn’t work and the ones which will work if polished properly. The need of the hour is not to lose hope, but to work on your skills. Make a comeback and prove your worth to everyone. Yes, you can do it!
Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics relating to employment across the globe. Currently he is working for Naukrigulf. Reach him at twitter