“But, I didn’t…make myself available.”

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“We’d like to announce that there have been some promotions…”


Your blood starts to boil. Your mouth works like a fish underwater, gaping, opening and closing purposelessly since no sounds come out.


“But they…”


Yes, they have been. Your coworkers were promoted above you. That’s it exactly. That’s the situation, and it means that you didn’t get the job. “Why?” your mind cries. “Why didn’t I get the job?” Well, number one, you didn’t tell anyone you were interested. And now, it’s too late. Who knows whether you’d have had a shot? Who knows what improvements you might have made? The company had needs and it filled them, but not with you.


Now you’re pissed. You wonder if you should take all that healthy anger and start copying your resume before it wears off. What were they thinking? Couldn’t they see you were a genius, making a significant contribution to the bottom-line operations of this firm? You had seniority. You deserved the chance to prove your mettle!


Don’t be silly. All of that may very well be true, but what did you expect to happen? If you do nothing, that’s what you get in return. This situation is a common occurrence, and while it may be painful, there’s a lesson to be learned. Companies grow, thankfully, and opportunities appear. You should always ensure that you are in a position to capitalize on those improvements. If you’re serious about your career, and your job, you’ll make yourself available.


As soon as that new position opened up, you should have started preparing a comprehensive list of the improvements that made you qualified to step into the role. You could then use that list as your argument sheet when you go for the interview. Then your reasons why you’re qualified will be clearly delineated, fleshed out thoroughly with examples and explicitly detailed so that your answers and comments are both intelligent and substantive. If your list is a little thin, you should have stuck your oar in anyway, if only to let the powers that be know that you were interested in advancing in some capacity if that new gig was a no-go.


Ask your supervisor what development opportunities are available. Where can you make a contribution on a team, a project? Where do they see that you require additional work? What are their recommendations? If you’re not confident enough to apply for a new position or want to wait to make just the right impression, now’s the time to make some changes. Yesterday would have been better, but as a metaphysician I know often says, “There is no time but now, this moment.”


What are you doing to make changes in your current situation? (Besides copying your resume, of course.)

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