The Top 4 Things That May Be Holding You Back From Internal Promotions

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June 21, 2024 at 4:48AM UTC

Have YOU ever felt like something stood in the way of you receiving an internal promotion? Let’s discuss four key factors standing in the way of you growing in your company! 

1. You are really good at your current role.  

When you are really good at your job, do you think the employer is eager to find someone else to fill your role? Probably not. Yes, they might be invested in your future and want you to take your career as far as it can go. However, there is work that has to get completed every day. If you want a promotion, you ABSOLUTELY should go for what you want. Demonstrating that you can be a part of finding an excellent candidate to replace you may be extremely helpful in solidifying your new future. 

2. You self-sabotage.

We can be our no. 1 advocate or our own worst enemy. Refusing to pursue your inner dreams and goals is the equivalent of blocking your own blessings. Picture it: You hear about a new job opportunity that would be an amazing promotion for you at the company. The role comes with an increased salary and exciting new fringe benefits. A person who struggles with self-sabotage will do the following: 

  • Focus on all the reasons why they won’t be promoted.

  • Prioritize the cons of the new job over the pros.

  • Fail to apply for the job or follow the proper protocol for the position.

  • Neglect to put in time and attention to ensure the quality of their application.

  • Or rely on the thoughts and perspectives of others about the role instead of going in with an independent mindset. 

3. You never ask for what you want.

Have you heard about the power of manifestation? As they say, the answer is always a no unless you ask for what you want. If you want an internal promotion, what are you going to do to get the new job? Let your management team know.

4. Your interests aren’t aligned with the company. 

A company has to consider several factors when promoting their internal employees. If a candidate has the ideal background and skill set for the role but their future goals aren’t aligned with the company vision, the candidate will likely be passed over for the position. Ultimately, the role needs to be matched with the right candidate whose goals are in line with the company’s vision. Otherwise, the company will be rehiring for the role repeatedly. 


This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of Fairygodboss.

Natasha Nurse is a speaker, coach, podcaster, and content creator. She started Dressing Room 8 to provide a web-based resource where women can gain personal and professional empowerment through her fashion and lifestyle focused blog. Dressing Room 8 helps women learn how to think with clarity, dress with confidence, and live with purpose. She is the Lifestyle Editor for Plus Model Magazine and she co-hosts a podcast with her husband called WokeNFree. Don’t forget to join her Dressing Room 8 and WokeNFree groups on FGB. 

What else do you think could be holding employees back from internal promotions? Share your answer in the comments to help other Fairygodboss members!

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