Ten Ways You Can Lose a Job Promotion

By Dennis McCafferty
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    71% of hiring managers and HR pros say workers who have a "that's not my job" attitude risk being passed over for promotions.

Even if you're a star performer, that doesn't mean you're a lock for a promotion. There are a number of behaviors that will red-flag an employee's suitability for advancement, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. They include traits that speak to your personal comportment, as well as lapses that extend into potentially unethical behavior. "Employers will continuously assess personality, performance and behavior when considering prospects for promotions," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "You want to treat your current job like an extended interview for the next job you want in the company." And it probably doesn't help to pester the boss on the topic, as only one-third of survey respondents say they are likely to advance an employee who has been vocal about getting a promotion in the past. However, if you're constantly on the short end of the stick here, perhaps you can take comfort in the fact that you're not necessarily losing earning power: Nearly two-thirds of employers say that a promotion doesn't always result in a pay increase. More than 2,075 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2013-09-18
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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