It’s not just about doing a good job, it’s about being seen to do an excellent job.
If you want to climb the career ladder you have to go the extra mile, be motivated, dedicated, disciplined and noticed.
Here are 10 tips to climb the career ladder
1. Passion & Enthusiasm
Have and show enthusiasm and passion in all that you do, always give 100%, enjoy the journey and the success.
2. Become an Expert
Become the best at what you do and work towards the position you want, pursue it, work at it, read it, study it, become an expert, the go to person within the business or industry.
3. Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication
Never forget the power of a simple smile, stand up straight, walk with purpose and practice smiling, it will brighten your and everyone else’s day.
Listen actively and always more than you speak, be clear, concise and to the point. Remember two ears and one mouth, you’ll learn something from listening to others.
Think about what you are saying, don’t talk for no reason, have purpose with your conversations.
If you work in an area where you are privy to sensitive information, keep it to yourself.
4. Please the Boss
Aim to please the person who pays your salary not your colleagues…your boss will promote you not your co-workers. Seek feedback, listen to advice and work on it.
Think of the issues and problems your boss or company is having, outside of your regular role, can you solve any of them, either on your own or with the help of the team.
5. Clock Watching, Time Management & Organisation
No truly successful man or woman followed the 9-5 mentality; clock watchers never get promoted or reach great heights, go the extra mile, do more than is expected
Work on the most important or critical tasks each day, don’t leave things to the last minute and work on improving yourself and growing your network outside of working hours.
Keep you work area clean and tidy, make sure you can get to everything you need quickly, follow a pattern, organising and listing everything in a structured manner, grouping files into folders to keep tasks together.
6. Finish Strong
Make sure you complete tasks and finish strong, if someone has asked you to do something it’s important and needs to be done. Don’t stop and start tasks, keep smiling and crack on, think of the long-term goal not just the immediate task, complete it then move on.
7. All for One and One for All
No one can do it alone, no company can achieve success without a spirit of teamwork and cooperation, everyone working together for a common goal. A team is only as strong as its weakest player, spend time and effort to help everyone grow.
Cultivate a cooperative mentality, sacrifice your own time and effort for the good of the whole, learn to take direction and to delegate.
8. Take a Risk
We generally learn more from our failures than our successes. Business moves and changes, we must be prepared to take a few risks.
Do the research, come up with the facts to support the risk, have conviction that your idea will work but accept that if it doesn’t you will learn from it and move on.
9. Have a Goal
If you don’t know where you are going how will you know when you have got there? Create a vision and move towards it, focus on the short and long-term goals every day and remember it’s not all about money, think about what is really important to you.
10. Respect Yourself & Others
Respect yourself and others, life is not a constant competition, there will always be someone better, stronger, richer, faster… Work hard, learn, grow and respect yourself for who you are and show respect to all around you.
Treat other people how you want to be treated, help other people achieve success, stay strong and true and you will be supported by the people who have helped you climb the career ladder.