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Dealing with a promotion delay

As a professional, you expect that at the end of the day, your work and effort will get validated. The most coveted form of validation for your work, dedication and effort is a promotion. Like life, the workplace is full of anomalies and one of them is a delay of the promotion you’ve worked so hard for. Remember, this is not the end of the tunnel. In fact, it’s just another important learning curve that can substantially help you in developing into a potent professional. Today we look at how to gracefully rebound from a delay in your promotion.

Take time out

In such cases, you are likely to be clouded with questionable thoughts. The delay or rejection can be a negative trigger for many individuals. In order to not fall victim to your own demons, take time out. See the rest of the day out. You’re most likely to be engulfed with questionable emotions which may lead to questionable conversations or comments made on your part. Cool off and be very sure to not lament. The time out will help you to calm down and prevent you from doing anything unwarranted.

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Ask for feedback

This is perhaps the hardest thing to do. Feedback from the deciding panel/management will help you understand what worked and didn’t work in your favor. This is the hardest initiative to take because it means accepting certain observations beyond comprehension. Hence, it is also the most crucial step. Accept the fact that you haven’t been promoted, but also make sure to assert that you’re willing to put in the effort to get it in the next opening.

Evaluate yourself

The best way to evaluate yourself is through checking up on how your colleagues and the office staff perceive you. It plays a vital role in determining the kind of impression you give off. Find out and asses both your technical and soft skills. Be truthful in acknowledging your weaknesses. The situation may present itself in a manner where your thinking may not match the required thought-process. It may surprise you, but most individuals rely too much on a trait they mistake to be their strength.

Map your way forward

Now that you have avoided being a negative presence, gotten substantial feedback and evaluated yourself, the next step is to map your way forward. You are now clearer about where you excel and where you don’t. It is time to meet your deficiencies. Use your strong points to produce better results and pounce upon any opportunity that can help you grow by adding credibility to you as a professional in the working environment. You are now on your way to making a graceful comeback.


Naveed is studying Marketing in BUP. Apart from being tired all the time, he’s always up for a good game of football. Reach him at

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