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Ask Manda: How to Succeed after an Internal Job Rejection

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by Manda Milling

over 3 years ago

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I was really looking forward to this internal role in my company but I have learned that I have been unsuccessful as I did not meet the criteria. How can I still keep working in my current role? 

Whilst you are disappointed and that’s perfectly understandable, the fact that you are interested in developing your career within your current employer would be very well regarded and viewed positively. Of course, it’s unfortunate that on this occasion you were unsuccessful, but don’t let this demotivate you. There could be a number of reasons why you were not successful.  

You may not have achieved the level of skills required, or your organisation may require you to be in your current role for a set period of time before you are eligible to apply for a new role. Have a chat with your manager about what skills you still need to develop to meet the criteria of the role, what you need to do to get to where you want to go, and a realistic timeframe for which you should aim. It’s a good excuse for some career planning advice, and your manager will appreciate your interest and commitment. This new goal setting should be re-energising  and certainly assist you when you apply for that next opportunity.


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