7 Reasons You’re Killing Your Chances of a Promotion

gu_careertips_4q14_7crushers.jpgWondering why you’ve been stuck in your same, entry-level position for what seems like forever? Make sure you’re not doing these seven things that can keep you from advancing your career.


  1. Not Promoting Your Own Work

Letting your supervisor know that you’re deserving of a promotion starts with marketing yourself.

“Many people don’t draw attention to themselves enough,” says Betsy Conway, director of human resources for Globe Education Network. “They’re happy to be in the background and let their manager or team take credit for something they actually did.”

Take ownership of what you do, and show you’re ready to take on more responsibility.


  1. Not Being Assertive

It’s important to get yourself noticed, and Conway says it’s okay to be assertive.

“Stand up for yourself and let your voice be heard,” she says.

You are your own biggest advocate, and you need to toot your own horn when no one else will. Make sure people know who you are and the good things you’ve done for the organization.


  1. Being Negative

Conway warns that there are productive and counterproductive ways to promote yourself in an assertive way.

“If you’re frustrated that you’re not being recognized for the work you’ve done, instead of complaining, find ways to highlight your accomplishments in a positive way,” she says.

Conway suggests a good way to do this is to forward an email on to your supervisor that you received from a coworker thanking you for your help or congratulating you on a job well done.


  1. Making Rash Decisions

Good leaders are able to come to executive decisions for the benefit of the company, but there is a fine line between making efficient choices and making rash decisions.

“A lot of people are too quick to react, rather than taking time to look at the task or problem from all aspects,” says Conway. “It’s important that you don’t take too much time, though. Find a happy medium so that you understand and are knowledgeable about the situation but are still able to make a timely decision.”


  1. Being Defensive

Conway says being defensive goes along with making excuses. It’s important to own your mistakes and learn from them.

“Acknowledge that you missed the deadline and simply say that it won’t happen again, rather than saying, ‘Well, I missed the deadline because… Joe didn’t get his work done,’” she says. “Or whatever the excuse may be.”


  1. Not Following Through

Conway stresses the importance of following through on everything from responding to an email to meeting a deadline for a project.

“When you say you’re going to do something, you need to produce, or people will lose their faith and trust in you,” she says.

If you find that you are going to be unable to do something you originally said you could, Conway says you need to provide facts and explain why.

“If you’re going to miss a deadline, give an update on where you are with the project, what is left to do and when you will have it completed,” she says.


  1. Not Having the Skills Needed

Conway explains that academic background and foundational experience are crucial for many positions. If you’re not qualified, it can hinder you from being promoted.

“Many times, someone can have the right personality and mindset, but they still need the degree to be hired,” she explains.

If you do have the right credentials, you still need to develop soft skills to succeed in a leadership position.

“Just because you are good at your job at your current level, doesn’t mean you will be good in a higher role,” warns Conway. “Promotions often come with managing other people, and that’s not always easy.”

To learn more about Globe University and career support services visit www.globeuniversity.edu/about-us/career-services.