Climbing up the career ladder is a highly unpredictable progress. It depends on the person’s social background, but only so far. Researchers say that personal abilities and intellect have little to do with promotion. Can we pinpoint the key factors that can really help us come up in our profession?
Of course it is not easy to give advice on those matters because personal promotion often hinges on the multifarious intricacies of inner politics, yet there are some tips that will certainly lend strength to your aspirations.
1. Make your career responsibility of yours
Don’t wait until your superior will start making plans about what to do with you: dismiss, lay off, or send to a training course. Perform as if you have career uppermost in your mind, especially when the going is good. Make it felt to everyone around you that you are bent on making it to the top.
2. Treat every business conversation as an interview
Everybody with whom you discuss business will form an impression of you as a professional and may bruit it about. Make sure no conversation is fruitless, and that you zero in on the other fellow and not on yourself.
3. Put your best foot forward
Why waste your time trying to disguise your weak points, when you can show your worth and enthusiasm?
4. Never go overboard working
Don’t make yourself out a workaholic, it won’t work in your favor. Workaholics run the risk of burning themselves out and tiring out those around them achieving less than could be expected because of their very pressure. Actually, people with work and rest balanced are known to be able to achieve more.
Self-management and awareness of how you look and what you are doing are very important. You must keep your values in mind, be aware of what you think and how you feel, what impression you produce on others, be able to hold your thoughts and emotions in check if they take you outside your work commitments.
6. Control your conversation
See to it that you don’t use the word “I” too often, always let the other person express themselves fully before you take your turn speaking.
7. Avoid being unemployed
Should you get dismissed or laid off, immerse yourself in some other work or activity; don’t stay idle even for a day. Don’t let your skills get rusty while you are waiting for a great chance that may come late. Even if the pay’s not good enough, it’s still better to be engaged than to sap your confidence waiting.
8 Show your intellect
The amount of your knowledge is second to your ability to display it to your advantage. People should find it easy to work with you because you don’t show off your superior knowledge.
9. Promise less, deliver more
When you dish out awe-inspiring promises, it may dazzle and grasp the imagination, but the impact will be short-termed. Settle for long-lasting impressions, which are created by employing kindness, self-effacement, and a desire to be of service.
10. Get an advisor
ind a person who is not working with you with whom you can share your hopes and fears, and take advantage of their impartial judgments and views. It ought to make you calmer and more inspired.
These should work as everyday guidelines for a sustained effort, augmented with daily strategies that you work out for yourself on the ground of the current state of things at work. Push on and make your ardor noticed!