A little over a year ago, a mutinty was staged in my department and I was demoted. Simply put, I was good at my job, but miscalculated the politics involved in that department. I take full responsibility for the way things went down, and learned many valuable lessons that serve me even now.
Fortunately the higher powers felt that the cause of the mutinty was not my fault, appreciated my talents and potential, and made big efforts to create another position for me elsewhere in the company.
I like my job. I am grateful (really really grateful) to have a job, and have strived to work and behave in all the right ways to continue again on my career path upward ... at least back up to the level I was before. I volunteer for tasks, I coordinate projects, all the stuff that would be expected out of say ... a manger. We have a great culture that has always allowed people to create new opportunities for themselves over and above the position they were hired for. Over the ten years that I've been with this company, I've done well by doing just that and promoting the posibilities to others.
Recently there was a reorganization in our company. This was expected, and I have been working to position myself to take advantage of new opportunities that I felt I was particularly well suited for because of both my life-long work experience and my natural talents. I was flatly denied because I was needed more in the position I currently hold.
Personally, though the other guy was also qualified for the new position, I feel like I am way more talented than the guy who got it. My boss indicated that because of our hiring freeze, he could afford the vacancy left from the other guy more than he could afford a vacancy in my position (even though I'm currently a low level assistant). And for that reason, my application was gently but immediated denied. I feel like I wouldn't be upset about the other guy getting it, if I'd been at least considered.
My dilemma. I know that there is still some flux in our company, and opportunities can be created out of thin air if the need proves itself. Do I go to my boss and ask him what I need to do to be a manager again, or do I keep my mouth shut and continue to be grateful to be employed?