“I'm Frustrated Because My Boss Ignores Me For Promotion Every Time, Should I Quit?” Expert advises

“I'm Frustrated Because My Boss Ignores Me For Promotion Every Time, Should I Quit?” Expert advises

  • A 33-year-old man is frustrated at his job because he feels he has been unfairly bypassed for promotion despite having the necessary qualifications
  • The man lacks the motivation to go to work and does not know if he should quit, raise the issue with his bosses or start looking for another job
  • Emmanuel Makokha, a certified career coach, advised the man to ensure he has a solid plan before quitting the job and other steps he should take to revive his career

Anonymous wrote:

"Hi TUKO, I am a 33-year-old man, and I feel stuck in terms of my career. I have been employed for 6 years now at the same company, which I will just call X. I have a degree in Business Management and three years ago, I got certificates in human resource management and office administration. Since 2020, there have been seven vacancies that I applied to fill, but the company has chosen to hire from outside every time. The latest hiring was in January 2024, and they hired someone who has less than half my experience and qualifications. I have tried not to be bitter about it, but I am overwhelmed. I don't have any motivation to go to work anymore and I feel tired with this job. Should I raise the issue with my bosses? Or Should I just resign and start looking for another job? Please advise how I can start growing my career, I am tired of the stagnation."

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Frustrated employee wondering if he should quit his job.
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Emmanuel Makokha is a certified career development coach with over 10 years of experience. Over the years, Emmanuel has provided Career Growth Coaching, Interview Preps, Resume, and LinkedIn Writing Services to Mid and Senior Executives across 30 countries.

TUKO.co.ke reached out to Emmanuel for advice, and he noted that the above employee's frustration and disappointment with his current situation are understandable.

"You have worked hard and acquired valuable skills, but you feel like you are not appreciated or rewarded by your employer, " Emmanuel remarked.

Should I quit my job?

The career coach advised the employee to hold on to the job until he has a solid plan because quitting without a plan may land him even in a worse situation.

"Hold on, do not quit yet Unless you have a better offer or a solid plan, quitting your job without a backup can be risky and stressful. You may end up in a worse situation or regret your decision later. Instead, try to find ways to cope with your current job while you look for other opportunities," he advised.

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Should I talk to my boss if I feel frustrated bout promotion?

Additionally, Emmanuel noted that the employee should raise the issue with his bosses and seek feedback on reasons why he was not promoted.

"If you feel that you have been unfairly overlooked or discriminated against for promotion, you have the right to raise the issue with your bosses. However, you should do it in a professional and respectful manner, not in an angry or accusatory tone. You can ask for feedback on your performance, your strengths and weaknesses, and the areas that you need to improve.
You can also express your interest and readiness for taking on more responsibilities and advancing your career. You can also ask for specific examples of what the successful candidates had that you didn't. This can help you understand the expectations and criteria of your employer and also show them that you are proactive and ambitious," Emmanuel said.

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Should I be looking for another job?

The experienced career coach noted that the employee should continue to look for another job if he feels he has reached a dead end in his current job.

"If you feel that you have reached a dead end at your current company and that there is no room for growth or improvement, then you should start looking for another job. You can use your network, your online presence, or your professional associations to find out about new opportunities.
You can also update your resume, your cover letter, and your portfolio to showcase your skills and achievements. You can also prepare for interviews and practice your communication and negotiation skills. You should look for a job that matches your interests, your values, and your goals and that offers you fair compensation and a positive work environment," the career coach advised.

Develop your skills

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In his closing remarks, Emmanuel advised the employee to keep learning and gaining skills regardless of the decisions he makes concerning his current job.

"You can take online courses, read books, watch videos, or attend workshops to acquire new knowledge and skills. You can also seek feedback, mentorship, or coaching from Career Coaches who can help you grow. You can also challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. This will improve your confidence, your competence, and your value as a professional," Emmanuel concluded.

Disclaimer: Advice given in this article is general and is not intended to influence readers' decisions about solving financial challenges. They should always seek their own professional advice that takes into account their own personal circumstances before making a financial decision.

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Some men can work with women bosses

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Ghanaian actress Beverly Afaglo Baah shared some of the challenges business owners face with employees in the country.

According to the Sharwama Traffic owner, people crying about unemployment on social media are lazy and unprepared to work.

She opened up about some incidents with former male workers that showed they did not want to take orders from her because she was a woman.

"Getting workers is tough. People are always crying on social media that they need jobs. It's a lie. They are lazy. The youth are lazy because they think you are born, and you can start walking."

Source: TUKO.co.ke

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