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Why You’re Not Getting Promoted

It can be frustrating doing your best every day at work, without getting any recognition or appropriate pay raise.

Here are some reasons why you’re not being promoted at work and tips on how to rectify the situation.

1. You lack enthusiasm for your current job.
Always show that you love your job.
Be enthusiastic.

2. Are You owning projects assigned to you end-to-end?
You might not think it’s your job but if you’ve been assigned a project or some work – OWN IT!
(Bonus: This will go to prove that you are a trusted pair of hands!)

3. Are you discussing what you’re working on enough?
You don’t always have to blow your own trumpet.
To be honest, quite often if you discuss what you’re finding challenging on your current project, it goes a long way in showing your passion for the job.
Show your work (so to speak). I’m finding it difficult to get someone to take ownership of this work once it goes into BAU. I’m thinking of solving this by doing X, Y & Z.
This is way better than always saying how great you are. This goes to show you’re a problem solver and a team player. Now, who wouldn’t want to promote such an asset?

4 You’re not a team player.
This one works both ways.
See if your colleagues need any help with their projects AND see if any of your colleagues can help you with your projects.
When your manager sees you doing this, they will recognize that you are fostering collaboration, and knowledge sharing and ensuring there’s not a single point of failure.
Win. Win. Win.

5 Are you just not that well-liked?
This one is probably the harshest tip, but you are not going to be promoted if you’re not well-liked amongst your colleagues.
Leaders see more than what you think and promoting someone who is not well-liked will cause them a lot of pain with their team in the long run.
Start thinking about your behaviour and how you position yourself at work.

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