You can’t let missing a promotion be the end of the world. Move onward and upward with these tips:
Maintain perspective. Even though the decision may feel like a personal rejection, it’s almost certainly not. Being resentful will only hurt you.
Seek ways to improve. Respectfully asking the hiring manager what steps you can take to be a better candidate next time can provide invaluable feedback.
Put your goals on the table. Your manager should be made aware that you’re looking for more responsibilities. Have a discussion about possible areas where you can take on new tasks, both to stretch you now and show you’re ready to move up later.
— Adapted from “What to Do When You’re Turned Down for a Promotion,” Alison Green, U.S. News & World Report