7 Tips for Climbing the Career Ladder
Beginning a new job sometimes means having to prove yourself and work your way up the career ladder to your rightful position. This can be frustrating if you were previously in a higher paid job role elsewhere and if you feel you are having to win respect all over again, but the following tips will help you stay motivated and make the most of this unique chance to learn how your company works from the inside:
- A job is what you make of it. Look beyond the fact you might be making telephone calls or coffee and see if there is an opportunity for learning more a client or customer’s needs and how you can meet them. If you recognise an entry position as setting the foundations of your future career, then you will grow to be well respected and indespensible.
- Remember that it is what you do and how you respond to people that really counts once you have your job. Qualifications and a good CV can help you get a job, but enthusiasm, energy and passion will help you work your way up to a senior role.
- Don’t be intimidated by senior managers. Even those who may seem difficult have experience of working in the company and you can learn from their management style and observe the results they achieve for future reference in your own career. You may also receive useful career advice you can apply to your own job role.
- When you feel underappreciated or undercompensated, try to remain calm and be proud of even your smallest victories. In time, others will notice and your results will speak from themselves. You are always gaining experience and you are always learning.
- Try not to take on more that you can deliver on. If you do, then have the confidence to let a manager or client know if you will need more help or time to get a task done to the best of your ability. This honesty will be appreciated in the long term and will be known and trusted for your reliability.
- Make the best of all projects you are asked to do. Even compiling a report full of figures or inputting data to a computer may give you an idea that you can use in your later career, or teach you important information about how a process works.
- Put clients first. Remember that it is really your clients or customers that fund your salary – rather than your bosses. Therefore, put your customers first and their feedback and support will help you to advance later on.