10 Steps to Take Your Career Up The Corporate Ladder - NATIONAL TRUMPET


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

10 Steps to Take Your Career Up The Corporate Ladder

Every career success story is unique. While there is not a magic answer for taking your career to the top, following these 10 steps will get you up the corporate ladder.
   Reassess your career
   Is your career path well aligned with your priorities and interest? Do you posses, or can you acquire, the experience and education to be successful? If not, consider a lateral move and work your way up from there.

   Clearly define your career goals
   Only when you know exactly where it is you want to go, will you be able to map out your plan to get there.

   Create a development plan
   Determine the steps you need to take for your next promotion. Include resources and due dates. Schedule these activities in your planner and follow through.

   Communicate your career goals with management
   If you work in an organization that promotes employee development, communicate your goals with your manager and ask for his or her support. If you are concerned about resistance, find a mentor within the organization that you can trust.

   Volunteer to spearhead a new project
   This shows initiative, puts you in a visible position, and builds new skills. It also gives you the opportunity to showcase your leadership skills.

   Stay current in your field
   Read industry publications and reports. Be aware of changing trends and position yourself accordingly.

   Take classes or obtain a certification
   Use your industry knowledge to your advantage. Take a course in an up and coming area or a specialty that will benefit your organisation and give you an edge over the competition.

   Assume a leadership role
   Offer to mentor a junior associate in your organisation, apply for a position on a local board, or chair a committee for a nonprofit organisation.

   Network, Network, Network
   Within your organisation and within the community. Increasing your visibility and gaining contacts are vital to your success when climbing the corporate ladder. No one ever got to the top alone.
   Excel in your current position. Exceptional performance speaks for itself. You will not get ahead with mediocre performance, regardless of how many other steps you implement.

All the way to your SUCCESS

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