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More Advice For Tracy In Ohio

Aaron in Philadelphia suggests:

The first order of business would be to make an appointment with your boss. Then prepare exactly what you have to say with all the energy and enthusiasm you can muster about your contributions and accomplishments. Then find out why you've been overlooked for any of

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those promotions. If you're not satisfied, don't let your emotions rule you. Analyze your situation and if it's not pleasing to you then tell him/her that you’re unhappy with their decision and do what Peyton Manning did…he told the owner, “if you don't ink me to a contract I will be your biggest competitor”.

John in California says:

I know how you feel. For 13 years I have been looked over for a promotion. The last promotion was given to a person that was late to the interview, a bad urine test (drugs) a year ago, is a mr. monday and I trained him. I have trained most of the poeple on my crew. For me I can't quit. There is no market for my job. And starting over would not work for my family so I have to stick it out. If it won't have a downfall in your family life go for it. Before it gets to late, and you can't start over

From Donald in North Dakota:

Tracy, find another job that will fulfill your needs and tell your boss to take this job and put it were the sun does not shine. Do this the day after you except your new job, and show them the same respect they shown you.

EA in Akron, Ohio suggests:

Ask Tracy how much she loves her line of work? Assuming she does, she should "consult" with her boss to lay out a "roadmap" to a "promotion". If her boss blows her off or is not receptive to Tracy, then Tracy should look very carefully for another company which will help her with her personal ambitions. She shouldn't just bolt out the door for one bad boss or supervisor either, because she has seven years invested. That is a long time! She can always go above her supervisor's head or to HR, if she is comfortable doing so and discuss the solution. But she must learn from guests previously on your show to always "stay in touch" with the boss and over-communicate.

Rick in Houston says:

Though I am an executive now, I remember being in your shoes earlier in my career. My advice - move on. If you have been passed over more than once, they will keep on passing you. Either they feel you do not have what it takes (and that will not change) or they feel it's easier not promoting you than others (you have been ok with it 7 times so what else are they supposed to think). If they use the line, "it's not you but we haven't given you an opportunity to prove yourself" - that's a lie as well. You need to move where you are appreciated. The sooner you do that, the better off you will be. Hope this advice from someone "who's been there and done that" helps.

From Sydney in NY:

I would tell Tracy to be proactive and starting looking elsewhere. What this does is, it puts her in the driver's seat of her career again. It also gains the confidence and leverage necessary to make the appropriate demand at her current job. Seven years is a long time for even the most dormant of employees to get a recognition of some sort. She deserves better and she should make that happen for her or better yet, this may not be the right place for her.

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