Do you want to be working in a more rewarding role, but can’t seem to get your foot in the door to the next level? We have trained hundreds of students who have faced this problem, who have come to us to help them upskill, so they can create new pathways and open up doors to new and exciting career prospects. Here we talk about the 4 main reasons you might not be getting promoted, and what you can do to help yourself get noticed.
1. You haven’t asked for it.
Just because you are a good employee in your current role, you might not be showing the ambition to fill a different, more demanding one. This is something managers and team leaders consider when the time comes to fill new roles. For most roles in most organisations, you need to be proactive and ask for the promotion, ask for that chance to prove yourself. Confidence is key!
2. You aren’t an active member of the team.
Do you go to work parties and optional events? Are you open to new projects or help out when needed? If not, you need to. We would all like to think that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed, but many of your peers work hard too, right? You will benefit from doing more. Managers will often promote who they know they can trust over who is necessarily the most qualified for the job, so it’s important to build relationships & establish a rapport with the decision makers and show you are interested in a long-term future with the company.
3. You must win before you are rewarded.
A lot of professionals believe they’re ready for the promotion they want, but haven’t demonstrated their worth to the right people. Again, performing well in your current role doesn’t necessarily mean you are ready for more. This raises the question, what does? Well, this will differ depending on your current role as there is no universal answer. The best course of action is to speak to your higher-ups about the milestones you need to pass to be considered for the type of role that you desire; but obviously exceeding KPI’s, implementing new ideas & showing the rapid development of your leadership abilities is a great place to start.
4. You aren’t as qualified for the position as you think you are.
You could be the best person in your field in your entire city, but some companies still won’t touch your CV unless you have a relevant qualification. The same is true with being promoted to certain roles. You could be better suited for a management role than someone else applying for the position, but if they have a management qualification and you don’t, they have the clear advantage. There is always going to be specific work required to grow your potential, to become more of a leader within your team, or to apply your unique talents & skills in new ways.