Promotions: How to Prevent Getting Passed Over

Getting a promotion can be a lot simpler than it might look. Promotions are based on the same approach as job ads. Internal promotions have to look at very much the same issues. The best way to avoid getting passed over for a promotion is to approach the promotion like a job application.

Researching the job is the first step. Define the job requirements, then ask yourself:

  • Can you show you have the required expertise to do the job?
  • Can you demonstrate skills that ought to give you the promotion?
  • Can you demonstrate experience, like acting in that job?
  • Can you demonstrate good performance in this role, or a related role?

If you answered yes to all these questions, you should get the promotion, but you've still got a lot of work to do to be competitive. The next issue, and it's a much tougher proposition, is getting noticed as a candidate for promotion.

The problem in many cases where people are repeatedly passed over for a promotion is that the people responsible for promoting them barely know they exist. This isn't a case of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, it's more like How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying Hard. It takes time, patience, and stamina, but it works.

To get your promotion, and make sure you don't get passed over:

  • Target the promotion you want.
  • Do everything possible to gain the required skills, and spend time actually doing the work, either as an acting position holder or by doing the related work.
  • Make yourself known to management while doing the work.
  • Prove to management you know what you're doing in the position.

You see what we mean about trying. This is an ultra competitive approach to getting a promotion. You get a profile with management. You're no longer an occasional face in a busy office. You're now a very plausible candidate for the position. You can't really be ignored or left out, because you do know the job.

This isn't going to be a waste of your time, either. You're also getting experience in the sort of job you want, and that's valuable. It will help you get a job of that type, so you are doing yourself some good.

When the promotion comes up, you're in a very strong position. You can now:

  • Make a legitimate claim on the job.
  • Show proven performance.
  • Be sure you're not an anonymous, unknown quantity to management.
  • Compete effectively with anyone else after the job.

You've done the work, can get promoted on merit, and you've earned it. If it doesn't get the promotion, it's not your fault, and you haven't lost out. You've also picked up some credentials for your CV, and you can realistically go for that promotion elsewhere. Either way, you're on the way up.

You can do all this for yourself. You can target any promotion, and make a good case for getting it using these methods. Stay focused, and you will succeed.