How to climb the corporate ladder

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Everyone wants to get far in life, we all dream of the mansion and the sports cars and the pools. But let’s be realistic. This isn’t in everyone’s future… sadly.

But what is in your future is finding ways to get yourself as far in your business as possible. Everyone wants to be successful and develop their skills and grow their personal value, so why stop now?

Is there a goal in mind? Do you know where you want to be in a year, two or five years’ time? What are you ambitions? Well, all of these questions can only be answered by you. What we can do is give you little hints and tips along the way to make you more aware of how to achieve these goals.

So what do you need to be aware of? What do you need to do? Firstly, it’s all about attitude. If you have the right attitude you will go far. In many businesses there is always a few moaners. These people will be assigned a task and just moan about doing it. Don’t be one of those people. Be the person who actively asks to help, who smiles when a task is assigned and completes efficiently and pleasantly. It’s down to skill who gets the promotion, but attitude plays a huge part.

What do you need to do to help yourself climb the corporate ladder?

  1. Keep note of your accomplishments. You can communicate these as a way of selling yourself and proving your capability for the job. We’ve all done lots of great things at work, but can you remember all of them so if you are asked if you can handle something, you can say yes because I did xx.
  2. Step up. No I don’t mean break into dance, I mean when you have got the moaners who make a scene about completing something, offer to take the task. Whenever a new task is assigned then offer to complete it (obviously don’t overdo it and risk dropping something!) Be positive, be welcoming and be eager.
  3. Think and Act a level above your role. If you behave like a senior level of staff, then you’ll be treated like a senior. Make decisions, take risks, be proactive. There is a fine line between behaving like a senior staff member and overstepping the boundaries, so make sure you watch how you behave. Everyone else will be watching you.
  4. Be a team player. Support other members of the team with tasks, be an ear, be an assistant. Everyone has a job to do but if someone is struggling, then help them. You’ll be earning the respect of your colleagues and they’ll be singing your praises.
  5. Keep networking. Get yourself out there and noticed. Write some blogs and get some awareness online. Build professional relationships with clients or colleagues to get yourself noticed.
  6. Keep learning. This one is key. Most people who get to a senior level think, ‘now I know everything I can sit back and not do much’. But, if the company needed you to do the IT, the set up, the client delivery, the customer interaction, could you? No one knows everything so be aware to never become complacent. There is always something to learn.

With all of these values and many more, you’ll be in line for that next promotion. It’s easy to get frustrated when you want a promotion but there’s nothing available. So keep your eyes peeled. If you can easily prove yourself with one company, then keep your eyes peeled for similar positions at similar companies to move into. Sometimes you do need to move to a new environment to get the promotion, but it’s all worth it in the end.

Keep yourself learning, keep yourself positive and keep being you. Head to www.myvirtualself.com for more information.

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