6 Reasons Why You Will Not Get A Promotion


Hard work and patience are necessary to get a promotion, but sometimes they are not enough.

Passed over one too many times on the job?  You might want to self-examine for the reasons why.

Chances for PromotionNo matter what we think, there are remarkably few promises in life.  A work promotion is no different.

Most workers want to move up in an organization: they need more power, move away from a tedious job or just get the keys to the executive washroom.

Advancement is usually a combination of hard work and perseverance. Unfortunately, there are times when it is not enough.

If after all your energy and effort, you still have not received a promotion, it might be time for a little self-assessment.

Six reasons you might not be getting that promotion you want:

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Avoid the Ten Dumb Mistakes Hiring Managers Make


Are your hiring managers making any of these 10 dumb mistakes?

Top10ScreeningMistakesRecruitersHuman resources, hiring managers and recruiters are human. On occasion, they make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, right?

The ten most common dumb screening mistakes made by recruiters and hiring managers, as reported in this infographic by Resoomay.

Key Takeaways:

  • Seventy-nine percent of businesses say they have hired candidates who exaggerated or padded their CVs and résumés. Ignoring overqualified candidates can cause damage to a business, as there will rarely be a perfect match.
  • Too frequently, recruiters do not ask candidates the right questions during interviews. Most of them ask lightweight and meaningless questions instead, wasting both time of both the candidate and recruiter.
  • The interview increases the likelihood of finding the perfect candidate by only 2 percent, so it should not be the only part of recruitment.
  • Recruiters and hiring managers need a clear idea of the soft skills of a potential candidate prior to an interview; things like temperament or personality.
  • What is the problem with not checking references? One-quarter of all recruiters do not check references. That is probably their biggest mistake.
  • Effective communication between members of your hiring team is necessary to increase the success of your recruitment efforts.
  • Simply using the résumé to evaluate a candidate, because of deadlines or a lack of time, will increase turnover rates, replacement costs and cause the company more harm than good.
  • Job descriptions need to be defined, well written and discuss the job accurately. Vague job descriptions mean more job applicants. That means more unnecessary work for human resources. Recruiters need to be sure they sell the company to the candidate. They need them to be excited and eager for the opportunity to work for your company.

Finding a suitable employee can be a challenge, but human resources departments, hiring managers and recruiters can knock out the competition by avoiding these ten common hiring errors.

Infographic after the jump…

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MindMap: How to Win Friends and Influence People


How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleThe ability to interact well with others is one of those necessary life skills for any outstanding employee or entrepreneur.

Think about the importance of strong communication skills the next time you want something from co-workers or a boss. Imagine how much easier it would be handling customers by using your wits; getting them to sign the dotted line will be a breeze!

These “soft skills” can certainly put a person on the fast track to success.

Not surprisingly, companies evaluate the character and personality of a candidate seriously when hiring, sometimes more than even experience and training. Success in any organization is in a large part based on what kind of “fit” you are in the corporate culture.

Advice about life skills can be found everywhere; there is no shortage of books and videos in the self-help category. Motivational speaking has become a decidedly profitable field. No doubt because every speaker claims they have the “answer.”

Theories about how to deal with people have been around since the dawn of man. Unsurprisingly, the best advice is far from original—it is often unsophisticated wisdom passed down from one generation to another.

Typically, most advice falls under the variety of “common sense.” Hear it, and there is a natural inclination to roll eyes and sigh in boredom.

Just because you might have heard it all before, that doesn’t make wrong to hear it one more time. Since your success—in relationships on and off the job depends on it, it would be foolish not to review the basics every so often—especially when you can get it in a clear, concise form.

First published in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is one of the best-selling books ever published on the subject dealing with people. To date, it has sold 15 million copies world-wide. Carnegie’s book has instructed and inspired countless numbers of people—both in business and in life.

Mindmeister.com user Aaron W. created a “mind map” of the key points from How to Win Friends... This interesting flow chart outlines many of the main themes, including “Six Ways to Make People Like You,” and “Fundamental Techniques in Handling People.“

It is a tremendous resource for anyone wanting to brush up on soft skills. Think of it as a “refresher course for life.”

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Expect Failure: Only Then You Can Win!


Expect Failure: Only Then, You Can Win!After an extended search for new opportunities, there is one thing you can expect; something guaranteed to happen at one time or another.

You are going to FAIL!

Either an employer will not call back, or will call back to say the job went to someone “more experienced” or “having more skills” to do the job. For every “yes” a hiring manager tells a candidate, there are a hundred (or a thousand) “no’s.”

The principle is this: never start a new project—a job search, exercise program, business venture or anything—without expecting failure.

Yes, that’s right—to succeed, you MUST fail first.

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