Today, David Cameron’s Conservative Party won the General Election, and his arch enemies Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband lost out bitterly.

If you’ve ever lost out to a colleague when you both tried out for a promotion, you’ll understand what the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and the there parties are feeling right now.

So how do you deal with it? Here are some tips:

1. Deal with it

No apologies for being blunt – life happens. You win some, you lose some. You need to accept the fact that the promotion just wan’t for you and move one.

2. Decide how you’re going to move on

It’s reported that Ed Miliband has resigned from the Labour Party as has Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage. In his words, it’s not “simply leadership that achieves change”. And it’s so true. Just because you did not get this promotion doesn’t mean that you will not be able to make advancements in the future. If you know that you can’t work under the leadership of your colleague then it’s time to spruce up your CV and get the job hunting moving.

3. Find out why you missed out

If you’ve decided to move on, you really should find out why you missed out. Did you lack any skills, experience or qualifications required for the promotion?

Maybe this setback is a wakeup call – have you grown complacent in your place of work, skills and experience? Have you been left behind in new advances in your field? With technology? Use the feedback to your advantage to recede your chances of missing out on a promotion next time.

If you did lack something, why not get the experience and qualifications before you move on. Try to get as much out of your new manager as possible and then move to another department or company all together.

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