What To Do When You Don't Get The Promotion

If you were expecting to receive a promotion, but ended up passed over for someone else or just outright denied, try not to take it too personally. A recent study by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates found that most bosses decide who is going to get the promotion before the formal process has even begun. Even if the time hasn't arrived to advance at your company, there are ways you can bounce back and gear up for your next opportunity.

Handle Your Reactioninterviewing_tips
You may be upset when you get the news from your boss, but it's best to control your emotions. Monitor what you say to avoid speaking extensively about your feelings toward the matter. If you were passed over for the position in favor of a coworker, repress your urge to feel jealous or angry - congratulate them on their accomplishment instead. Being professional and looking at the situation from your company's perspective will show your fellow employees that you can handle tough situations with ease. If you let your boss know that you're disappointed but would like to know what you can do to improve your situation, they'll think highly of you.

Analyze The Reasons
Once you've gotten over the initial shock or disappointment, it's time to evaluate why you weren't given the opportunity. First, think over the company's economic situation. If other people didn't qualify for promotions this year because of the organization's poor overall performance, there's not much you could have changed. See if you can pinpoint any other factors that could have affected their decision to deny you. Once you've examined your performance, it's time to ask your supervisors. Sit down and talk about the reasons why you didn't get the promotion. Ask how you can improve and what specifically made them doubt your qualifications.

Make Changes
Once you've spoken with your boss, you'll likely have plenty of things to begin working on to improve your situation. Take into consideration what your boss said about your shortcomings and work on building up your qualifications. Consider taking a class or two in order to brush up on your industry knowledge, or help out your coworkers on projects you know they're struggling with. Sooner or later your superior will realize that you're capable of handling a higher position.

External links provided on Rasmussen.edu are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced.

Receive Personalized Information Today

  • Personalized financial aid
  • Customized support services
  • Detailed program plan
  • Attend a no-obiligation Nursing Information Session
  • Meet the Dean of Nursing
  • Enrollment application
  • Personalized financial aid
  • Career path guidance

How may we contact you?

Please complete all fields

What would you like to study?

The program you have selected is not available in your area. Please select another program of interest.

By requesting information, I authorize Rasmussen College to contact me by email, phone or text message at the number provided.

Share Your Story Ideas
Our campuses and online community have stories to tell and we want to hear them! Did your campus raise the most money in the community for an organization? Do you have online study tips for other students? Would you like to share a personal success story about overcoming an obstacle while earning your degree?
To have your story idea considered:
  • You must be a faculty member, current student or graduate
  • Story ideas must be regarding Rasmussen College or an inspiring story about a student at Rasmussen College
  • Your submission must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already
Please Note: Your story idea may be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat or on one of our social networks. A member of our news team will contact you should we move forward with a blog post.
Feel free to suggest an idea for a blog post to be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat by filling out the form below:

First Name: (required)

Last Name: (required)

Email Address: (required)

Phone Number: (required)

500 characters or less


Your Story Idea Has Been Submitted

Thank you for sending us a story idea! We’re reviewing submissions and may contact you soon to learn more about your story. In the meantime, make sure to check out our current blogs to see what’s happening on campus.