Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Tips to help you move up the career ladder

Getting a job is one thing but earning the type of salary that you dream of and obtaining the position you want to are quite different things. The job market is very competitive, and it is a real case of survival of the fittest. Only the exceptional and the hungry make it to the very top. And if you want to position yourself amongst that group then you need to be strategic and think carefully about how you are going to get to where you want to be. It won’t be easy, and it will require a lot of hard work and commitment, but if your heart is set on making it to the top then here are a few ideas to help set you on the right course.


Upskill yourself

Always be looking to study and learn. And don’t just study for the sake of it, be focussed and work towards being the best that you can be in your field. Don’t set yourself up to be a jack of all trades and a master of none. If that is how you position yourself then you will always find work, but you will never make it to the top. People who are generalists will typically be shuffled from pillar to post, they will fill gaps wherever they arise, and they are valuable. But because of their versatility they will never be seen as an authority on anything. So, if for example you are part of the finance team you should focus on learning more in that space. Look and see what auditing courses are available or perhaps focus on management accounts. Whatever it is, make yourself an expert in one area.

Be a team player

Glory seekers who look to claim all the success for themselves will never go far. It is an example that is well demonstrated in the world of sport. Selfish players, who play for themselves and not the team tend never to make it to the top. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not regarded as the greatest football players in the world because they are selfish, they are where they are because they play as part of a team and because they are not selfish. It needs a team all pulling hard in the same direction to win. If you are part of winning teams then you will be noticed, and you will move rapidly up the ladder.

Take chances

To make it to the top you cannot afford to sit around and efficiently enforce the status quo. You need a vision and you need to be prepared to stick your neck out and take chances. Disrupt? Ask questions and take chances. Enforcers of the status quo are great foot soldiers. But to make it to the top and to earn the big bucks you need a vision and you need to take chances.

Get involved

If there is work to be done, a conference to attend, or a project to be part of, then get involved. The more you are involved the better it will be for your career. Show that you are enthusiastic and keen and network constantly. It is the people that are involved and interested who will rise faster than the rest. It is not a case of ‘sucking up’ to the boss, it is simply a case of doing what is needed to become a key member of the team and to enhance your upward career trajectory.

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