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What To Do If You Don’t Get That Promotion

Going for a promotion in the workplace can be an exhilarating experience, and it could open the door to more opportunities, more responsibility, and a bigger pay cheque at the end of each month. Of course though, the nature of putting yourself out there and applying for the role is that you might not be successful. For any number of reasons, you could find yourself facing the disappointment of discovering that the job has been offered to someone else.

So what do you do next? It’s something that you probably don’t want to think about if you’re thinking of applying for a new opportunity, but it’s important to consider what you’ll do to move forward if the worst does happen.

Here’s my best advice for handling it like a boss, and moving forward…

Give yourself time to be disappointed

First of all, understand that there’s absolutely no shame in feeling disappointed or even upset about the fact that you didn’t get the job. You no doubt spent a lot of time preparing for the selection process, and you dreamed about what your life would be like if you were given the role.

You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t just instantly forget about it and move on. So take a little time for yourself. Order a takeaway, open a bottle of wine. Treat yourself to a Netflix binge. Call a friend, and talk it through. You deserve to feel how you’re feeling, and denying it won’t make things any better!

Remember that it’s not personal

The reason that you didn’t get the job isn’t because you’re a bad person. It’s not even because you couldn’t excel in that role, or that you aren’t capable of operating at a higher level. There are so many different reasons why you maybe didn’t get the job, and none of them are a reflection on you as a person.

If you need to hear this, then listen carefully… You’re capable, you’re amazing, and you’re very loved. This small bump in the road doesn’t change that, and in the grand scheme of your life, it’s really not all that important. A little perspective goes a long way, and will help you to dust yourself off and move on with your career and your life.

Make your plan of action

Okay, so you wanted that job. You wanted to move forward, and you wanted more responsibility and probably more cash too, if you’re completely honest. You can still have those things, but you’re going to need to formulate a plan if you want to get there. Firstly, ask for feedback. This way, you’ll be able to pinpoint the issues at play and do something about them. It may be the case that you need more experience, or you need to hone your interview skills. Once you know, you’ll be able to create a plan.

From there, you can work out your next steps. You can establish a formula that’ll ultimately get you to where you want to be, and this can give you a huge amount of peace of mind. You’ve got this… You’ve experienced a setback, but it happens to the best of us. You can move forward from here!

Being turned down for a promotion is never a nice experience, but it’s also not the end of the world. There are still many, many exciting things for you to look forward to in your career, and the path towards them starts right here. You’ve got this – I promise!