I have a good job but I cant get promoted, whats your advice?

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  1. CriticalSection

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    I started working on the company (it has over 1000 emloyees) 7 years ago.
    I was the only tech person in our development. The job was an important one. I was very successful, I worked very hard including weekends. my salary is more than tripple of the starting salary now (even my starting salary was better than most of my friends)

    Years passed by, I have really strong technical skills, I can easily say I am one of the best in my job in my country. and I am the only one with university degree at our group, I am hardworking and nice to coworkers etc.
    Manager has hired many other tech people since then. Most of them are assigned to a coworker without a university diploma who started the job 3 years after me. he worked without any personel for only 1 year his team continues to grow, he was responsible for most of the dull operation tasks, I run the complex tasks, research etc...

    My manager still appreciates my work, he says I am one man army, but it is not satisfying after many years.

    I am not jealous but my motivation dropped instantly after realising that and I stopped adding value to my work, just continued doing what work was given to me. So i am still where I started. not even a junior assigned to me all those years. (manager dont assign me much work because he is not a tech person and not sure what to ask for usually)

    I am 33 years old and cant decide to go on, or leave and take half the money in another company and start over. But I really feel I am the most productive times of my life. And wasting time each day. It doesnt matter if I work as hard as I can for months or sit and play games most of the day. It is like I am living the same day everyday.

    I have not worked that long in another company, What would you recomend?
     
  2. amwarner

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    Sorry to hear about your struggles there. That's a reason why I never liked working for someone because they don't really appreciate you.

    Completely "assuming" that starting your own business is outta the question, I've heard from many friends that are still in the work force tell me that the only way they were able to get promoted was to go above and beyond their job duties. It sucks but that's what the did and that's how they got promoted. Not sure if you want to do that but that's just a suggestion.

    But from a non assuming point of view, it seems like you may have had enough of not being appreciated. Is it at all possible to take what you've learned and start your own business?
     
  3. Fergal

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    Sorry to hear about your difficulties CriticalSection. My suggestion would be to take a pen and piece of paper and write a list of all the positive things you contribute to the company and all the skills you have. Go over that list a few times to familiarise yourself with it and boost your confidence.

    Then arrange a time to meet your manager. Tell him how much you enjoy your job, explain that you love working with the company and that you are very loyal to it. Then say that you feel you have more to offer and ask him what opportunities would be available for your promotion or to expand your role.

    The approach above should open up the conversation in a non-confrontational way and give you some valuable feedback as to how your manager views your performance.

    Is that something you would be comfortable with?
     
  4. AmbitiousStudent

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    "I am not jealous but my motivation dropped instantly after realising that and I stopped adding value to my work" this might be your problem. Also your co-workers and managers will see your lack of enthusiasm in your body language. You might not be so eager to get to your desk, you might be slouching in your chair and you might not maintain eye contact with someone for very long when they're talking about a task.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I think you want to be a leader of a group because you have more qualifications and experience. However, if you don't feel motivated to do the work now your collegues will get the wrong impression and feel that you don;t want to do this work anymore. Why not start again and expect you will lead a small team and eventually a bigger team. Show off the qualities you have by teaching people and helping them even if they don't ask for it. Show that enthusiasm you had when you first started and you'll look young, refreshed and energised.

    Also google some body language tips. This is not just to tell your manager that you are enthusiastic and ambitious but studies have shown that if you were to stand up taller and bring your shoulders back you can trick your subconscious into believing you are more superior and successful than you feel. Slouching really does take energy out of you and causes physical fatigue. Google this sort of information and I'm sure it'll help you out
     
  5. Changed Creation

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    Hi Ambitious Student
    If I were you, my mentor would tell me I myself was the reason for not getting promoted. He often quotes these words, "Your self worth, will always determine your net worth". The problem is on a subconscious level you have set a limit of what you allow yourself to earn, of what you believe you are worth deep down within. On a conscious level you may disagree, and say you wouldn't do something as stupid as that! I would tackle it on a few levels. the first is just to become conscious of when it occurs and the self talk you have running in your mind. The next would be to change it. When you change this from within, it will change on the outer as well. If you are interested I will tell more. Kind regards
     
  6. Trevor

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    Hey don't worry just go to manager and tell it that you are working hard for this company and should promote you or if he neglects it you leave the company and find another jobs, an expressed person get many better jobs. you will get the better job then this one.
     
  7. DisQ

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    My first reaction is: time to look for a new job.
    I hink back to when I was 33 and I remember being in a similar situation. What worked for me was actually looking for a new job. This got me a talk with cmpany that let me take a competence test.
    Long story short: I showed the results to my boss and 1 year later I got my promotion at the same company I already worked for. :)
    I have been progressing upwards ever since.
     
  8. sudhakar1

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    Hello,
    Some one advice in my site.
    You must be able to show the ability to evolve your thinking and the capacity to expand your skill sets. The old ways of being good at something and never expanding your abilities are over. And have heard it said many times that attitude is everything. Well it does count for a lot. In today’s workplace, you not only have to possess a great attitude but one that is attractive and likable. Then You must have the audacity to be bold. This requires you to think, act and innovate in ways that come most naturally do you. It means that you need to trust your gut and allow your passionate pursuit of purpose to take flight. You must know how to build rapport, be a strong communicator, present the right credentials, be a master at conflict resolution, and be diplomatic with people.Loyalty is a powerful trait that measures one’s character in an instant.
     
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    It's really bad to hear about that CriticalSection. I think anyone working in a company hopes for promotion for his hard works and dedication. But I think the money which is triple you are getting is quite good but I know it makes you feel the same everyday on work. Personally, I would also like promotion if I was working in a company giving my 100%.

    I can suggest you to wait for a bit or talk to someone who can uplift you. If nothing happens afterwards, you can open your own business related to your skills when you have the enough money or you can go to a big company who can appreciate your work and promote you. When you wait for the fruit to ripe, it will taste delicious. Too early or too late, the fruit is sour or waste.
     
  10. AnushaJain

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    I think you should show positivity of your work to your boss, prove him that you deserve the promotion if you are really capable to prove that thing, you will definitely get it.And side by side go for other companies as well, if there is any company which looks your performance and respect you and give you promotion as well than leave your previous company.Just tell to your boss that company XYZ is giving you promotion along with all the perks, If you don't manage to give me my promotion, I will have to opt the other company for my sake and goodwill.
     
  11. HomeBiz Success

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    In a society that thrives on marketing, sales and promotion you must learn to promote your self. This is done on many different levels. in the clothes you where. In the way you carry yourself. In the way you reply. In the amount of energy you put into a project. In the way you smoosh your superiors. In the way you negotiate. In the education you have. In your ambition and drive. In your ability to lead others. For some this comes natural. Others must learn it.
    Above all you have to want it. Really want it. So start the negotiations.
     
  12. Denishverma

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    That is the best way to make a good analysis. "CrititalSection"

    Dont worry - Its time to manage . Its life - and In life - everything is possible.

    Remember - IMPOSSIBLE SAYINGS - I M POSSIBLE !!

    Cheers !


     
  13. Gisele B.

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    If your motivation has dropped, it will be better to start a new job. Maybe your company does not require such a specialist any longer, maybe you are already over-qualified for your job. Find a better company or try shifting the job.
     

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