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Why is everyone getting promoted except me by Matthew Coppola

It is only normal to want to see yourself progressing through an organisation. Understandably, then, you may feel somewhat discouraged or even left out if you have not been promoted – especially if many of your colleagues have moved forward in the company.

For some, being stuck in the same role can begin to seem like a thick wall, a barrier that divides them from job fulfilment and success. With each passing year, it may feel as if another lot of bricks are laid up on top of that wall. An employee can start to feel that they are no good or do not contribute anything to the organisation.

Do you find yourself thinking along similar lines?

Well let’s look at the popular belief that a promotion opens the door to greater happiness. It is true that a job promotion can and usually does contribute to greater success. However simply being in a higher position does not make one happy. With higher positions come greater responsibilities.

Even if you see the reasonableness of this point, you may still feel discouraged at times. But before you assume the worst, take a minute to ask yourself, “Am I ready for a promotion or higher position?” Be realistic about it. For example if you are a recent graduate or just started a job, the answer most likely will be no!

It is true that some new employees may be exceptionally good or have been in the same role for quite some time. But that does not necessarily mean they should be promoted. Have you honestly considered whether you are ready to take on greater responsibilities in the workplace?

A good self-examination may explain some realities. For example:

-         How mature and responsible are you?

-         Do you get along your with workmates or are you in constant conflict with them?

-         In ways do your peers who have been promoted compare to you? How can you learn from them?

-         Are you motivated to reach out for a promotion?

-         Have you expressed your thoughts on this matter with your supervisor?

Expressing your interests and thoughts about being promoted to your supervisor is the best way to find out if you are ready or not. Be sure to ask your employer how you can reach out for a promotion. This will not only show interest on your part, but keep you on the radar, so to speak, should any opportunities arise.


Author: Matthew Coppola, Managing Director of Client Centric.

Client Centric – Executive Employment Solutions are a boutique employment services company specializing in executive and managerial level roles. We are committed to helping you succeed in your career and to do this we have the best staff on board to help you reach your goals. Our team are highly experienced and knowledgeable in a broad range of areas and expertise, so you get the best advice. We service clients all over Australia including Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart.  We provide Resume Writing ServicesCover Letter WritingLinkedIn ProfilesAddressing Selection Criteria’s and we also offer a Job Application Service where we apply for jobs on your behalf and all you do is wait for the call. Please visit our website at www.clientcentric.com.au to find out more.

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About Matthew Coppola - Employment Specialist

Matthew has over 6 years’ varied experience in the Employment Services and Training Industry. He has worked for Job Services Australia as a Recruitment Consultant and Disability Employment Services as a Disability Employment Services Consultant assisting local people with Mental Health disabilities in gaining sustainable and gainful employment and being part of that process right from initial registration through to post placement and on-going support. His background in the training sector has been as a Business Development Manager. Moving into employment services, He combined his marketing and business development experience to be effective in building loyal relationships with employers and other stakeholders critical to the success of his clients. Over the years he has developed extensive skills and techniques from reading numerous books and trialing different approaches in Resume & Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn Profile Writing, Addressing Selection Criterias, Applying for Jobs online and Career Coaching. His industry experience is so vast and spread out and includes jobs in Mining, Construction, Administration, Health Care, Manufacturing, Retail, Security Services, CEO and Executive level and so many more industries. He has invaluable knowledge and understanding on what employers want and how to communicate effectively to them. He knows how to properly read a job advertisement and interpret what they really want and then address this in the cover letter. This has proved very successful and his testimonials will prove that. He is aware that applying for work shouldn't be rushed and that employers can tell if you are just sending out your resume for the sake of it. This applies to all employers and jobs whether they be in Melbourne or Perth or in the Pilbara region of Northern WA. Writing Selection Criteria's can also be very difficult for people because it is so time consuming and there may be so much you want to say but if you do go on then it will be far too long and may not be read thoroughly. The key to writing a good and effective Selection Criteria is to keep it to the point and give the employer just enough information that leave's them wanting to know more. For each criteria, you should have around 1 to 2 examples maximum proving that you have met the criteria in your past employment. Each criteria should have a paragraph with an introduction, body and conclusion. His academic background consists of a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics at Curtin University of Western Australia and a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University.


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