I have been with my current company for 7 years this year and on the same salary for the last five of those despite moving up in responsibility.
I decided, last year, that it was going nowhere so started interviewing with external companies and was interviewing for a GREAT job that would have been a step up too. When interviewing, the hiring manager told me I was up against five other people so I freaked out as I was a level lower than the role and cancelled the final interview, thinking there was no way I would get it.
They re-advertised the job the next day, which I thought was odd so I contacted them and explained and I basically realised that they did not have five other applicants, I was the only one. They understood my reasons anyway and then put the final two interviews in my diary.
A day after this was all set up, I am then contacted by the regional director of my current company saying there are going to be some promotional opportunities coming up and he will be looking to me to take one of them.
I freaked out! Of course I would rather stay with my current company, all I have wanted is for a promotion with them. So, I cancelled AGAIN with the other company a SECOND time and not very well - via an email too. I have burned bridges now.
This was four months ago and I am still in the same job I was in before with NO promotion. They had me lined up for one but it fell through (we are client based and client said it was no longer needed).
The other job is still being advertised but highly unlikely they would want me now. And I have NO new job at my current employer.
I feel a fool!! Looking for jobs again but there just aren't that many around.
Totally stuck and feel so stupid for believing there would be a promotion.
What do I do? I can't stop thinking about it!