If you have been working at the same position for a couple of years, you need to change something. The times when you could be one of those regular employees, who have been doing the same job for years, are gone. If you want to be successful, you need to grow. Moving up the corporate ladder is no longer a dream of ambitious people. It is a must for any career.
It does not really matter how experienced you are. Today, employers appreciate your desire to grow. That is why even if you just started your career, you still can expect for promotion. Your task is to show everything you can do, demonstrate your personal skills and talents.
A situation when a 25-years-old guy becomes a team lead for 35-years-old managers is quite common today. Age does not matter now. However, if you still have no experience, you probably would like to know what you should do to find a job. Here you can find 5 effective steps to find your first job, and after that, you can start to analyze our tips on how to move your corporate ladder.
1. Generate ideas
If you work in a creative sphere, generating ideas is the best way to get a promotion. Of course, you cannot generate any random ideas, they must be effective and original. Never be shy to show something you’ve created: your boss will appreciate your job and if you keep generating effective ideas, sooner or later you will hear those desired words about promotion.
If you do not work in a creative sphere, if you are a lawyer or economist, generating ideas can become an additional way to get a promotion. Here, you need to be careful with what you create as you need to take into consideration various aspects.
2. Do not be afraid of complicated tasks
Most of the employees avoid complicated tasks. They always choose something that does not require much attention and time. Moreover, they regularly choose tasks which they can always complete mechanically. This is good news for you. Always take complicated tasks. If you do not know how to deal with them, ask your colleagues. Be initiative - this is a quality that helps grow professionally and achieve more.
3. Know how to behave
Each company has its own corporate style. It includes not only the way you should dress but also the way of your behavior. If you work in a banking sphere, you need to understand what language you should use and how to behave with your boss. If you are a designer in a start-up working on creating another mobile game, you can forget about tough dress-code and clearly-defined style of communication with your team lead.
4. Remember about subordination
If you want to grow professionally, remember about subordination. Each person who stands above you can become the reason you do not get your promotion. And vice versa, each of them can help you with a promotion. If you want to grow professionally, ask them to give you complicated tasks which require from you more efforts. Tell them that you are ready for real responsibility - they will definitely help you work your way in career growth.
5. Ask for more
Many employees make the same mistake - they never ask for a promotion. They think that someone will notice how good they are and will offer them a new field of responsibilities. However, it happens almost never. But when a person asks for a possibility to grow, he expresses the desire which helps settle some defined goals for his boss.
6. Forget about laziness
If you have some free time, never use it for browsing web or drinking coffee with our colleagues. Use it for boosting your knowledge or again ask for some more tasks. For example, you can ask to make some research which can be effectively used in your work, or ask to do some task which is always postponed because of the lack of resources.
7. Take responsibility
If you made a mistake, you are responsible for its consequences. Never shift the responsibility for other colleagues. If you want to grow, you need to be responsible. Especially, if you want to take a team lead position.
8. Never avoid starting something
No one likes new projects. It takes too much time to investigate the field, to understand what to do with your task, to create a plan, to decide who will be responsible for what. But if you want to grow, you need to be ready to create new projects. It gives a perfect opportunity to find out everything about your field of responsibility, starting from the basic ideas and up to some complicated aspects.
9. Show your interest
If you never show interest in what you do, you will never move up the corporate ladder. No one needs employees who work just to earn money. Always ask questions about your product and be interested in other products. The more you know, the most possibilities you discover for yourself. Besides, it will show your boss that you are a loyal employee who loves the job itself, not the rewards.
10. Be a part of a team
There is one tricky point: people who know how to effectively cooperate with their colleagues always achieve more than people who avoid working with a team. You will see that you generate more ideas when working with your colleagues, and perhaps you will even see some ways how you lead your colleagues and manage the work they do.
BIO: Sophia Clark is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers. In my free time she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.