Speed bump, obstacle, snag, hiccup – whatever term you prefer to use, we all experience that inevitable career “pause” where we ask ourselves, “What do I do now? How do I move to the next level?” I have personally experienced this myself, and was lucky enough to crawl my way out of the pit. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my tricks on how to continue moving up the professional ladder.
- Take initiative whenever, wherever. This is the most important tip I can give to anyone, at any level. Don’t wait for someone to ask you to complete a task, or ask for permission. If you see something that needs to get done, step up and complete the task yourself. Not only does this prevent your manager from asking you to do something, but it also shows that you can be a leader.
- Find a mentor. Start meeting with someone who has a little more experience. Someone who can help teach you new skills and talk to you about the steps you should be taking to develop as a professional. You should feel comfortable enough with this person to talk to them about any career issue you are facing.
- Show appreciation for others. It’s common for managers to praise the hard work of their direct reports, but it’s not as common for junior level employees to show appreciation for their colleagues. Break this trend by letting your colleagues know you appreciate their hard work. It’s a great way to keep each other motivated.
- Keep an ongoing success file. Keep a record of your successes and achievements, particularly those that align with your company’s goals and objectives. Managers like measurements and providing these statics during a review helps you stand out.
So next time you feel like your career path as hit a wall, stand still or plateau, try these tips and see if it helps revamp your motivation. Share with us… Are there other tips you use when advancing the professional ladder?