Passed Over for the Job Promotion? Here’s What to Do

Tempe Hiring Managers

It’s your worst nightmare. The promotion you thought you were a shoo-in for actually went to your colleague. Now you have to get back on your feet again and act as if nothing ever happened. The trouble is you’re still reeling. How will you survive?

As one of the top employment agencies in Phoenix, Gilbert and Tempe, PrideStaff is here to help. Start with these simple tips:

Stay calm and don’t get angry.

Don’t lose it at work; wait until you get home to do it. In the office, remain calm, cool and collected. Whatever you do, resist the urge to barge angrily into your boss’s office or to call out your colleague who did get the promotion. These kinds of emotional outbursts are often regretted.

Find out why.

If you have a good relationship with your boss, reach out and schedule a private meeting with him or her. Then ask for the reason why you got passed over. It could be due to a lack of skills in a certain area, or a colleague with more experience. But whatever the case, at least you’ll know where things went wrong so you can work toward fixing any weaknesses or skill gaps in the future.

Create a plan of action.

Now that you know “the why” behind the situation, what can you do about it? If you have a lack of experience or skills that led to getting turned down, then you can certainly work on those. Enroll in a course, sign up for a seminar, or ask your boss for any resources he or she recommends.

Be diplomatic.

Being around your newly promoted colleague is going to be tough. Accept it. And always be diplomatic. They could potentially wind up being your boss one day, so you don’t want to burn any bridges.

Launch a new job search.

If you think you were unfairly passed over for a promotion – and you don’t see things changing any time soon – then consider employment elsewhere. Pull out your resume, polish it up and start sending it around to job opportunities that seem like a good fit. You never know where it could lead.

Interested in professional help with the process?

Call in Phoenix’s choice in employment agencies: PrideStaff. We can help you with every aspect of your search, start to finish, all so you can find the job of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more about how we can boost your career, so you can get the promotion you want.