Who or what is to blame if you are not getting the promotion on your career path that you want and think you deserve?
Many factors can be the cause, but one thing is certain. Like it or not, you must take most of the blame or credit for whatever happens in your career.
There is valuable insight into all of this in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Cassius is advising Brutus as they consider their ambitions: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Let’s examine four of the more frequent reasons (or excuses, as the case may be) given to explain why people are not promoted and the courses of action that can be taken to deal with them.
Career Coach Says: Four Reasons Promotions Are Stymied
1. You fail to win the promotion because you are not qualified to take on the bigger responsibilities. Two things can be happening here.
One is you haven’t made the effort to learn the new responsibilities. Hopefully, your employer has a training program. If so, get enrolled without further delay. If there is no such program, it is up to you to find a way to learn how to handle the bigger job. Continue to be successful on the job at hand. Be patient, but persistent. Convince your boss that you are ready to work for the promotion.
The second condition is the job you covet is simply beyond your capacity. Every human being has limits to his or her capabilities. You have at least two options: make the best of where you are; or strike out in a different and more realistic direction where your abilities can be put to better use.
Employees with an online MBA aren’t guaranteed a promotion, so watch out.
2. You can’t be promoted because there is no one to take over your present responsibilities.
Your employer should have a training program to provide lines of succession for all key positions. But, if your place of work is not so prepared, it is up to you to make certain that at least one person is ready to step in and take your place. Pick out a likely candidate and train him or her to fill your shoes when you get promoted.
3. “They” don’t know what you have been doing; how much you can do; how ready you are for a promotion.
It is often said, “There is no limit to the good a man can do if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” That is a laudable ideal, but unfortunately, it doesn’t square with reality when it is applied in the competitive world of work. Think of yourself as a product that must be sold to advance your career. This means making sure your superiors who make decisions are fully aware of your good qualities and your potential for growth. Be sure to communicate the facts about your career qualifications and your ambitions. Modesty won’t advance your trip on your career path.
4. You have tried repeatedly to get a promotion. Everything is locked up, nobody is leaving, and the business is stagnant. There is no room to grow.
There are two things you can do.
First, consider the pluses in your current job. Will they continue at least as they are? Are there personal considerations dictating that you stay where you are for now? Are the benefits worth the price you are paying to live on a plateau below what you believe to be your potential? If so, you can stay put and hope for things to get better.
Second, if your unmet ambitions are burning you up inside, make a move to another organization where you will have opportunities to advance.
The first step toward getting promoted is to understand that the credit or the blame for your career and where it goes is strictly yours.
I wish you career success!
Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach, Common Sense At Work