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3 Reasons You Haven’t Been Promoted

So, you’ve been at your company for 2 years and you are eyeing a promotion.  You are first to arrive and the last to leave the office and you consistently hear positive feedback on your performance.  Why haven’t you received a promotion yet?

There are many factors besides performance at play when it comes to getting promoted.

1. Become Your Own Fan

One of the major reasons people get passed over for a promotion is they don’t’ speak up.  Many people make the mistake of minimizing their accomplishments and efforts.  Become your own fan or cheerleader–take credit where credit is due, and people will begin to recognize your achievements.

2. You Didn’t Let Your Boss Know You Want a Promotion

It may sound obvious, but you might be surprised at how few people come out and directly tell their manager that they’re interested in a promotion.  Often employees are content in their current role, so if you don’t tell your boss you are interested in a promotion, he or she may never know.  Ask your manager’s guidance to understand what the promotion would entail and how you can demonstrate you are worthy of that promotion.

3. You Assume Promotions Are Based on Tenure

You may routinely see coworkers getting promoted after they hit a specific work anniversary, but don’t mistake their tenure for being the reason they were promoted.  Most often their promotion is not tied to their years of service, but instead to an increased accountability that results in their promotion.

 

 

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