Reasons You Aren ’t Getting Promoted

First, let’s go through a few reasons why people don’t get promoted. Then, I’ll list some things to keep in mind when trying to get a job promotion.

Reasons You Aren’t Getting Promoted

There are many reasons why you wouldn’t be considered for a promotion, but here are a few of them. Make sure to work on these issues if you’re thinking about a promotion.

1. You Don’t Have The Required Skills

The Peter Principle is something that everyone should be familiar with if you’re not already. The Peter Principle is a concept in management that says that people are promoted based on their skills in their current role, and not for the future role.

The obvious way to fix this is to learn the skills necessary for the role you’re trying to get. Learning those skills is easier said than done, but it can be done.

Feel free to ask someone either currently in that role or someone in HR what skills are necessary, and then I guarantee you that you can find a way to learn it online. Websites like Udemy, edX, Codecademy, etc. are amazing resources.

2. You Don’t Have Soft Skills

Usually, if you’re being promoted to a higher position, you’ll need to develop more soft skills like communication and problem-solving.

My favorite examples of this is when a software developer becomes the leader of the team and is now responsible for training, developing and coaching their employees. I’ve seen this first-hand many times; they often don’t have the necessary soft skills to be a good coach. Most developers I know like staying in their bubble with their headphones on.

Mastering soft-skills is a bit trickier, but it also can be done. Show initiative and mentor newer employees. This will show management that you’re ready to act as a coach.

3. You Don’t Learn From Feedback

Feedback is meant to help you grow and be better, so don’t become defensive about it.

I’ve seen so many people make this mistake, and I even do it sometimes, although now I’m getting much better.

It’s natural that your first reaction to feedback is to get defensive and explain yourself, but instead, try and understand why they’re telling you this. Listen to what they’re saying, and see what you can improve on.


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