Climbing to the top of your career can feel like an endless journey that you don’t even know how to start, especially when you’re comfortable at the bottom. Here are ten invaluable pieces of advice that will help you get to the top and conquer that corporate ladder!
#1 Be the boss
If you mentally prepare yourself for being a boss, you will succeed. It’s age-old advice, but thinking like a boss and stepping up whenever you feel you should puts you in prime position to get a promotion..
#2 Know your value
Find out if you’re being underpaid and never apologise for asking for a raise or a promotion. If you are confident about what you want and know that it’s your right to at least ask, your employer will respect you and value you more.
#3 Never say never
Know that in order to climb the ladder you will have to do what it takes, that means working extra hours and taking on tasks everybody else has deemed impossible. A great way to prove yourself is to push yourself hard.
#4 If it ain’t right, don’t force it
If you’re pushing yourself too hard for the possibility of your own office and a raise, but you know you still won’t be happy, then maybe this isn’t the career for you. If you don’t want to be there and see yourself doing something else, never be afraid to step away and fulfill your dreams.
#5 Your boss is your style icon
Dress to match your superiors, not your co-workers. Power dressing will make you feel more confident and make them more likely to empathise with you, putting you in prime position for a promotion! Whenever possible, dress for the job you want!
#6 Keep learning
Learn what there is to know about your sector, find out what your co-workers jobs entail while you’re working alongside them so when you get your promotion you have an expert knowledge of what goes on around you and can make some suggestions to management.
#7 Sell yourself
Learn your own value by telling yourself what your strengths are and why the company would be right to value you. If you’re a natural leader you don’t have much to worry about, but this trait sometimes needs to be practised. Try being a little more firm in some areas of your life and see how others react to it, and focus on all those strengths!
#8 Be a team player
The most important thing is that you don’t step on your co-workers, be friends with them and show your boss that you are a team player. If a promotion opens up one of your co-workers may suggest you for the role if you’ve been good to them, so remember not to upset them in your quest to the top!
#9 Never be afraid to ask
If you want something, leadership on a task or recognition for something, don’t be afraid to ask. Proposing things to your boss will show your independence and creativity while asking for feedback will show your desire to be critiqued and better your performance!
#10 Create a plan
It’s important to create a strategy, how are you going to get to the top? Before you arrive at work each day, have a plan in mind of the tasks you’re going to tick off and all the things you’re going to do. Having a solid plan for the day, as well as for your career goals will help you feel accomplished.
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