Promotion Killers: Blaming Others
Things don’t always work out in your career. There will be times when you're an excellent candidate for a promotion but you still don't get it. This is frustrating. But it's also an opportunity. Successful people are resilient. They approach rejection and failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. You need to take positive action if you don’t get the promotion you think you deserve. Politely inquire about your interview performance. Ask what you could have done to come across better. Take this feedback to heart. Take a look at your skills. What's lacking in your portfolio that could have led to the promotion? Do whatever you can to develop these skills. Volunteer for projects in your company. Get some additional education and training. Get active in professional societies where you can take a leadership role. Don’t blame others when you don’t get a promotion. Take a hard look at yourself. Identify your growth areas. Develop the skills that will put you at the top of the promotion list the next time around. See if you committed any of the promotion killers in the video above.

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