Fastest Ways to Climb the Corporate Ladder
How do you catapult your career path? What steps do you need to take to make sure you get to the top on the fast track? These are the questions on the lips of many aspiring ladder-climbers.
Climbing the corporate ladder takes focus and perseverance. It requires to you to be proactive in increasing your skills, education and practical experience. You will also need to be flexible and willing to relocate to take on a new opportunity. You need to be active not passive, a go-getter, someone who is not afraid of hard work and has the courage to ask for what they want.
Think about where you want to get to on the corporate ladder and plan your ascent. Do not leave your career development to chance. Make a plan. Consider what you can do to advance yourself and then do it! Think about the end game, where you want to be in the future, and make logical plans on how to get there. Decide what steps you need to take to secure your advancement. Set up short, medium and long term plans to help you get where you want to go.
Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know everything. Many times a step up the corporate ladder will require you to obtain more skills. Whether you do this by gaining on-the-ground experience or whether you choose to engage in vocational training, will depend on your circumstances. Gaining qualifications through a registered training provider will also demonstrate a proactive and motivated attitude. An accredited training provider will generally offer flexible learning arrangements and lots of support. To get an idea of costs and course options, check out registered training providers like HBA at their page.
Sometimes you will need to seek opportunities outside your current employment. Gone are the days when you start with a company and slowly climb the promotions ladder over long years of hard work and loyal service. Today’s corporate ladder is often varied and will require you to expand into new areas and opportunities. Don’t be afraid to switch jobs. If a new position offers you the chance to gain some extra skills and experience, grab it.
It’s Who You Know
The old adage, it’s not what you know but who you know, is still true. Connections are very important. You need to network, both online through social media and in the flesh. The more people who know who you are, the more likely you are to climb the corporate ladder. Networking enables you to find out about new and exciting opportunities as well as introducing you to the people who can help you on your journey.
Hard workers get noticed. Don’t just put in the required hours, go over and beyond. It will pay off. And don’t just work long, work smart. Volunteer to help out on high profile projects. Get seen. Always be willing to go the extra mile. Be dependable. Be the person everyone relies on to help get the job done.