The turn of the year can be filled with excitement and jubilation, but not for everyone. While this post is a bit overdue (perhaps like your promotion), it’s timely as Spring is upon us and a good time to reflect on your job status and get perspective. And with Easter just a week or so away – what could make for a better theme? You know we love our themes here at Bizzeebobber.com.
Are you all ears?
So how are you feeling. Happy? Encouraged? Frustrated? Going mad – I mean, how can you keep working at THIS place, right?
“Basket” case: Noun (Informal). Someone who may have been Passed Over for a promotion? Or better, someone DESERVING of promotion Passed Over for promotion. (2 Points for using Pass Over in the definition? … and basket, well … Never put all your eggs in one basket, especially with job loyalty)
I DON’T CARROT (umm Care) anymore…
Stay grounded. For starters, never act irrational or hastily if you didn’t get promoted, but you do need to consider options. Did you deserve the promotion? Be honest with yourself, because this event is impactful. If you feel slighted this is an important distinction.
If you start to dislike the company and all it stands for – you won’t be as effective as you could be (even less so than prior to learning you didn’t get promoted).
If you just feel hurt but deep down you know there were other, more deserving employees who did get promoted those feelings will eventually dissipate. Your enthusiasm for the job and company won’t wane, not yet anyway.
If you feel you deserved the promotion NOW – Read on.
1. Talk to your “peeps”…
It’s important to find out why you might have been overlooked for the promotion. Seek solace in your friends and associates (work confidantes), but also take the opportunity to get feedback and their opinion on what went wrong. More importantly, talk to supervisors and managers whom are familiar with your work. Ask for an honest assessment and what you can improve.
While end of the year reviews are common, sometimes they don’t get into the sort of depth that is needed. They are just transactional and an afterthought of the prior year. Or, they are focused on all the things that you have done well because no one likes to talk about shortcomings or critique things that may need improvement. Those things can lead to conflict or unpleasant discourse. Why bother, right?
Have the hard discussions – it’s important to understand where you stand.
2. Is there an opportunity to improve skills or gaps?
The first step is critical, but what can you do with information learned? If you received feedback that you aren’t a great team player and need to work on that is your role conducive to being able to showcase this? What does it mean to be a “great team player”?
Are you able to facilitate a project or perhaps mentor others? It’s not enough to identify that the possibility is there – question is, are YOU able to do it? Do the opportunities even exist? There is often a disconnect on what you can do within your role and expertise, so you shouldn’t be judged for your inability to be a strong team player or some other criteria.
Do you work by yourself? How can you be a better team player? Could Peter Cottontail be a better team player?
Again, be honest with yourself. Do you agree with the feedback and what you can do to improve your situation? If it’s not realistic on what the expectation is moving forward, you will never get promoted. Time to move on.
Carrot Tip: Get examples of growth gaps or areas of improvement. Example: If you are told you don’t have great leadership, have the assessor point out examples of where you lacked leadership. Stick with factual evidence versus hyperbole or subjective opinions.
3. Is there a Senior Easter Bunny position or something “better” you aspire to have?
Getting a promotion in itself is nice, but are you doing the same thing and just had a title change? It’s important to keep growing your skills and abilities, which sometimes gets blinded by the promotion. It’s important to reflect. What role are you looking for? Can you see yourself at this same company – next rung on the ladder – 2 or 3 years from now?
Why prolong things and put in the work to “potentially” get a promotion next year, if you really aren’t excited about your future at ABC company?
Be careful not to confuse more money with growth. Making more money is always great, but it shouldn’t mask the points being made in this post. Yes, a promotion SHOULD mean more money but we want to be cognizant of other criteria that is equally important. Long-term happiness.
4. Gotta’ hop! (Job Hopping 101 – Stay in a job atleast 2 years; Don’t change EVERY 2 years either)
Think long-term so your resume doesn’t have 42 jobs in 5 years!
Sometimes the best way to get a promotion is to look to a new company and opportunity.
Don’t get in the habit of job “hopping”, but complacency isn’t a good stance either. Jobs (and companies) need to fulfill and provide future opportunities. It’s important to consider both the job title AND prerequisites (What will you be doing in your new role?).
Make sure to understand the expectations and what it takes to get into a higher-level position. It’s something we tend to overlook when getting a job at a new company. Understandably, it’s exciting to focus – and get – the job you are applying for, but having a long-term game plan is all about career savvy.
You don’t want to keep ending up in the same situation every 2 years.
Lastly, make sure that the new job has you excited and enthusiastic. NOW, how do you feel? You will do better work if excited and didn’t just take a job out of frustration or as a reaction. In other words, make sure the opportunity is “Eggs-ellent”!
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