Why are you being passed over for your Fire Service promotion?

When you feel ready to move up the career ladder it’s frustrating when your organisation doesn’t seem to feel the same. Here are some reasons why, and what you can do about it.

1. You’ve still got a firefighter mentality.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with that- but if it’s time to progress, you need to start to consider things more from a manager’s perspective.

2. You think feeling ready is enough.

You know you are ready, but now you need to prove it to the people who count. Don’t wait until your assessment, start to show you are upping your game starting now.

3. You don’t care what other people think about you.

You should! Being a successful manager isn’t all about the operational side, it’s a lot of people management too. To lead people effectively it helps to get on with and understand them.

4. You can’t remember the last time you asked for feedback.

Uh oh. How are you supposed to know how you are doing if you don’t ask? Make a point of regularly checking in with others on what you did well and what you could have done differently

5. You don’t give much thought to how you could do better.

It’s easy to get complacent in a role you know like the back of your hand. We bet there are things you could do better though, even now. Give it some thought, and do something differently this week to see if you can improve.

6. You think a promotion is your due because of how long you’ve been in post.

With all the cuts and restructuring in the FRS, linear career progression is by no means guaranteed. You need to work harder to earn it because you will have some stiff competition who feel just the same as you do.

7. You get the job done, but otherwise keep your head down.

If you want to make yourself management material you need to stick your hand up to take on extra. Not only will it show you are stepping up so your line manager will be able to endorse your application, but it will also broaden your experience.

8. You plan to just apply and see what happens.

If you want to get results, you might want to be a bit more proactive. You probably don’t take such a laid back approach to other things in your life that you want to turn out well, so why take a chance with this?

9. You don’t know how to get promotion ready.

There are plenty of articles on frsdevelopment.com which will help. Also, contact us here to find out the options of how we can help.

10. If you don’t get promoted you put it down to it being a bad organisational decision.

As tough as it can be, if you take responsibility it puts the power to change it back in your hands. Blame someone else, and it can leave you feeling helpless, frustrated and less likely to make sure future outcomes are more positive.

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