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5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get Promoted

by Karin Singh 19/09/2017

Your ambition was always to make it big at your company, the best company in the fashion industry, which is considered as a great place to work. Recently one of the managers in your company (his name is Thomas Thaler) quit his job and you would have had a real chance to take over his job and get promoted.

You could see it happening, you could feel the excitement of having exactly that particular job. You were already daydreaming on how proud your family and friends would feel knowing that you got promoted. UNFORTUNATELY, someone else has been chosen. You are really devastated by this news and can’t understand why this great opportunity has not been given to you after working there for 4 years. In hindsight, you realise that these were the five reasons why you didn’t get promoted.


# 1 – You didn’t ask for it.

Every employee in the company knew that Mr Thomas Thaler quit his job and someone had to be replaced for his role. You were just waiting, hoping and assuming that the top management would automatically think of you as the perfect replacement. You didn’t take the initiative to express your keen interest for the position to the Hiring Manager and Top Management.


# 2 – You didn’t go beyond your job description.

You know that you worked for your company for four years, but you always carried out the same tasks. When new projects were being offered to you and others, you never wanted to get involved in new challenges and felt comfortable with your usual responsibilities. You were not prepared to go beyond your normal job duties for this great place to work.  You showed instead a lack of interest and leadership.


# 3 – You didn’t have the required soft skills.

You have great hard skills (nobody has the same in-depth knowledge in your subject matter as you have) but what was required for this job were soft skills. The so-called interpersonal skills that will help you to win new business, to make the business grow and to be ahead of the competition. More leadership, negotiation, problem solving and networking skills were the skills that the best company in the fashion industry was looking for.


# 4 – You had the mindset of an employee and not of a manager.

You were still thinking like an employee who did his job 9-5 and who was always keen to leave the office as soon as the clock stroke 5. You were hardly prepared to stay longer at the office to make sure that tasks were completed on time. It gave the impression as if you were just working for your pay check. You realise that that is not something that the best company would be proud of.


# 5 – Your unprofessional behaviour.

You remember that your attitude towards the company (officially awarded as a great place to work!) was often negative and pessimistic. Occasionally the HR Manager brought to your attention the fact that your business attire was not looking professional, that you were swearing during a conversation with a client and that you spent too much time on social media while at work. 

Always bear in mind that it’s not the end of the world when you don’t get promoted. However, if you want to increase your chances in the future make sure you take a more proactive and positive approach. Wishing you all the best!


by Karin Singh 19/09/2017

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client or project is too big or too small for her.

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Karin Schroeck-Singh

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