My supervisor isn’t a strong advocate, making promotion more difficult.
I recently applied for a promotion within my department. All candidates were internal. The hiring manager looked at resumes, supervisor reviews, and interviews. She was not forthcoming with how decisions were made, etc. After not being selected, I spoke with the hiring manager (the current department head) her responses were vague as to why I wasn’t selected. Some of the main points centered around not having a close enough relationship with my current supervisor, not ensuring that I made the current supervisor’s life easier, and that the responsibilities for that laid in my lap. I frequently ask if there are additional projects, ways to help out the team, volunteer for departmental responsibilities, etc. In the meantime, I have approached my supervisor and further initiated conversation, communication, and taken on as much as she will delegate. She’s not much of one to delegate, advocate, or speak up if things aren’t going well for herself or our team. She seems a bit intimidated by the department head. Any other advice, experiences, or coaching that could further assist me in tackling this hurdle would be greatly appreciated. I do not want to get passed over again.