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You're at the wrong company.
Sometimes it's just not possible to advance at your current job. If you've been passed over multiple times for a promotion, or the company is downsizing, your current opportunities might be limited.

Your move: The job market has (finally) recovered from the recession. In February 2016, employers added more than 240,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remains at an eight-year low of less than 5 percent. There are plenty of opportunities for talented workers. "It's always good to be taking interviews so that you know what opportunities are out there, and so you're confident in your own value the next time an opportunity for advancement comes up, whether or not it's at your current company," says Nicole Williams, founder and CEO of Works, a consulting firm aimed at helping women move forward in their careers.