What to Do if You Don’t Get That Promotion
Thank Your Supervisor and Ask for Feedback
- Take notes throughout the conversation. Ask your supervisor to provide actionable steps you can take to achieve your goals. Writing them down will help you map out a plan.
- Identify areas for improvement and make a list of proactive steps to achieve goals. Steps may include becoming more organized, continuing your education, or cross-training in new areas. Giving yourself a timeline to achieve each goal can be especially helpful during future performance reviews — which may occur quarterly, bi-annually, or annually — to tangibly demonstrate progress to your employer. It also demonstrates that you took the feedback seriously and are willing to work to advance your skills.
- Ask for feedback outside of annual or semiannual reviews. Regular feedback offers the chance to learn about weak spots, opportunities, and progress, and seeking it expresses your commitment to growth to your employer.
Create a Brag Book
- Copies of professional certificates
- Documentation of foreign language fluency
- Professional licenses
- Writing samples
- Work samples, such as your contributions to projects or proposals
- Professional accolades from both your peers and leadership