In a world where social media can make it seem like everyone around you is living their dream, it’s sometimes be easy to feel as though you’re “falling behind.” Especially when you think you’ve been giving it your all but still aren’t getting the promotion you’ve been hoping for.
In moments like these, it’s important to remember that the path to success isn’t always fast or straightforward — there are often plenty of twists and bumps along the way. And while working your butt off and having a little bit of patience can often go a long way, there are definitely a few factors that could be holding you back professionally without you even realizing it.
We completely understand your plight, and we know not getting the promotion you’ve been dreaming of can be frustrating.
It might be tough, but a super honest assessment of your patterns and behavior at work may be needed in order to figure out why you’re not rising the ladder. And while self-assessments can kind of be the worst, they are also necessary for personal growth. So buckle in and see if you exhibit any of the following behaviors (and if you do, that’s okay — now you can adjust).
According to Brandy Lee, seasoned human resources executive and Practice Director of an HR Services Group, the inability to maintain confidentiality and being an active participant in office gossip are two of the most common negative workplace behaviors. So maybe cool it on the “he said, she said” while at work.
2You don’t take initiative
A great way to get your employer’s attention is by taking initiative. If possible, identify a problem that needs fixing and try to come up with a solution. Lee said, “Becoming a problem solver shows that you care — not only about your own career, but about the long-term health of the business as well.” Show your boss you deserve a promotion by getting involved in developing solutions.
3You’re not good with feedback
Receiving constructive criticism can be a struggle, but it’s also a necessary part of self-improvement. If you’re hoping to snag a promotion, Lee said, “When you receive feedback, whether in your review or in the hallway, resist the urge to defend yourself. Try to take it in and see what you can learn from it instead.”
4You don’t have the required skills
Forbes magazine noted a common mistake when it comes to career growth is the assumption that just because someone is excelling at their current job, it means they’ll be able to successfully take on a higher position. Additionally, Lee pointed out, “Someone who excels at data entry may need additional education or training to become a data analyst, a job that requires strategic thinking and problem solving abilities.” Conduct an honest assessment of whether you have the skills needed for the job you want, and if you don’t, seriously consider investing time in the necessary training.
5You lack passion
We’ve heard some of the most successful and innovative people, from Steve Jobs to Richard Branson, talk about the importance of passion. Passion is infectious and can have a huge impact on your company. Passionate employees not only put extra care and time into their work, but they’ll also inspire others — and that’s often exactly what management is looking for.
Scheron Brown, HR professional and diversity specialist for Burson-Marsteller suggests, “When approaching a supervisor or managerial role it is important that you do your work to the best of your ability, but be sure that people view you as a go-to-person or serious contributor.” Being passionate will help you do just that.
6You’ve got the wrong mindset
According to fasttrackpromotion.com, thinking like a boss or employer is one of the key pillars of moving up the corporate ladder. If you see yourself as just a low-ranking employee, then your boss will see you that way, too. You do your work and expect to get paid. You follow guidelines and want to get rewarded. But if you start to think like someone higher up the ladder with more of an invested interest in the company, it will show.
We’re hoping this helps you pinpoint the underlying issues that might be keeping you from getting the job you want. And remember — no one is perfect, so don’t be too hard on yourself.