How to Handle Being Passed Over for a Promotion

That promotion was yours. You worked hard, all the signs were positive, and you thought it was a shoe-in.

But you didn't get it.

Outside of actually losing a job, being passed over is the worst professional experience you may face in your career, particularly for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset. It is a setback, and comes despite a slew of sacrifices, like missed birthdays, school concerts or vacations. You've given your life to your job. To say you're disappointed is a major understatement.

But you need to get over it. While there's value in talking it out with a loved one or even with a coach or therapist, the truth is, the best thing you can do is guide yourself through some self-healing steps. Doing so will help you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on.

Read on for a 6-step guide on how to move forward:

Posted on December 26, 2013 .