How to Move Up the Corporate Ladder

When you decide that moving up the corporate ladder is a goal you’d like to pursue, you have a couple of hard, cold truths you need to deal with. You’ll have less free time than you do now. You’ll have a lot more responsibilities and eyeballs looking at your every step. Finally, you’re bound to reach a point where further advancement becomes very difficult – if not impossible – to navigate.

But climbing that ladder is still attractive to a lot of people. The prospects of a higher salary, better office position, better work assignments, and even a better parking space can make people jump through the hoops necessary to advance in the corporate structure. So let’s see what some of those hoops are and what’s the best way to jump them.

Know the First Step

Well, this seems like the most obvious advice in the world, but it’s still worth repeating. You should know which position you’re gunning for, if someone’s already holding it, will you need to squeeze them out, and what will all of it entail.

For example, you might need a different diploma to reach a new step on the ladder. Because you’re a busy corporate bee, you don’t have time to attend classes, but you can still look for regionally accredited schools for a way to get the education you need. But first, you might know what you need, and to know that, you must know where you plan to go.

Don’t Keep It to Yourself

Your direct superior, a manager, or a team leader should be informed about your desires to move up. You don’t have to make it the purpose of every conversation you have with them, but you should make sure that they know you’re gunning for something more.

If you have a good manager or superior, they might be able to help you along the way. They can provide vital information about the pathway to getting the job you want, the requirements, or at least the person who is currently holding it.

Network Like There’s No Tomorrow

Networking and personal/professional relationships are incredibly important in the business world. Businesses are often little more than big social clubs that somehow manage to make money. Whether you’re on board with that or not, you’ll need to know how to use it to your advantage.

You should be able to find out who are the people who’ll be deciding your new posting. If you don’t, you should at least be able to find someone who will serve as a mentor or a role model to you, to help you navigate the climb more easily.

Show the Leader in You

Depending on the type of work you’re already doing, you might have more chances to show your leadership skills or fewer. It doesn’t matter, though, as you’re going to take advantage of every single one of them.

Even if you didn’t think about yourself as of leadership material, it’s time you start doing it. And don’t get into the mistake of thinking that a leader is a person who tells others what to do. Leaders come up with ideas, leaders present them, leaders take charge when it comes to implementing and producing them. Leaders are people that get things done, and few traits will recommend you for a better position in the corporation as the ability to get things done.

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