Top 7 Tips for Climbing the Career Ladder Faster

Top 7 Tips for Climbing the Career Ladder Faster

After you’ve done your goal setting, your next step is working towards those goals and climbing that career ladder. No matter your goals or career field, you can apply seven tips to help you make your way up that ladder faster. 

If you are wondering how to climb the corporate ladder faster check out these tips. 

1. Make a Plan

As with goal setting, a plan is necessary as your roadmap to your next career goal. It can be a short-term or long-term plan, but have a plan!

2. Keep Networking

The more people you know, the better for your career. Even when you have a job, you want to keep building your network, both online and in person. That way you’ll have connections to reach out to when you’re ready for a career move or you’re in need of a mentor.

3. Work Hard(er)

Go above and beyond at work, doing more than the minimal requirements. Work harder and longer than the others on your team, but also work smarter. Volunteer for high-visibility projects. Seek to contribute more, and make yourself the go-to person. Get to work early, and leave late.

4. Dream Beyond the Job Description

Your job description might be limited but that doesn’t limit you. Do whatever is assigned to you, then ask what else you can do, even if it's in another department or on another project. Help wherever you can, whenever you can, however you can.

5. Become an Asset to the Company

Be more than the person at that desk. Continuously strive to up-skill yourself and learn new skills. Take certification courses. Study and follow all the industry leaders wherever they are active, and attend conferences. The more you learn and know, the more of an asset you will be to your employer.FREE Course: Introduction to CAPM®

6. Think and Act a Level Above

Do you know the advice to act “as if”? If you want to a job farther up the career ladder, act “as if” you already have that job. Think like someone higher up. Pay attention to how those above you act, manage, delegate, mentor and communicate, and emulate their behavior. What skills have they mastered? Learn those skills.

7. Be a Team Player

Lastly, but most importantly, be a team player. Employers are closely looking at the way employees work with the rest of the team, as well as other departments. If you are viewed as a team player, it is a huge advantage to your career. 

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