Ten tips to help you move up career ladder
Sophia Lorena Benjamin Ambitious employees always seek opportunities to climb up the corporate ladder. There is no dearth of individuals who are...
Sophia Lorena Benjamin Ambitious employees always seek opportunities to climb up the corporate ladder. There is no dearth of individuals who are eager to climb the professional ladder of success, but what matters is whether they have the discipline and the positive intent to reach the desired level. Successful individuals always keep track of great principles, which will help them to reach the top. To begin with. A 10 significant tips for you to practice in your work to make an impact to your company and eventually make yourself rise to the top, have a read and master them all. 1. Dress Impeccably always Smart dressing is a must. Depending on your unique business guidelines on how to dress, a dress code tells a lot about an employee's attitude. You will be judged on the basis of your dress, and in most situation, being well dressed means you are serious about yourself and this will have a direct impact on how you work. Be the First to Take Initiative You should be more involved in any difficulty your colleague or boss encounter. A leader is the one who is eager to go beyond his domain and helps others when they needed help. A leader is a person who takes initiative, and who helps to solve things before others. You work as though this is the single most important company you are willing to work for, and this is the kind of person that bosses want to get into the manager's realm. Stay Alert, Be Prepared Do you have the training and presentation modules ready for the staff meeting? Bosses look at your eagerness about your work, and they will notice it though your presentation and materials. They will look at the presentation charts and notes that you had used while presenting your points, and judge you based on those materials. A good preparation helps you to stay focused on your agenda. It also shows the bosses that you are serious about your work, and you take company's meetings seriously. Act and Be Responsible A good employee is a responsible employee. Adding up responsibilities should be your forte. Take care of responsibilities seriously once they are assigned to you. When you failed at a certain task assigned to you, you should be the onestand up to admit your fault and to give an apology. A boss is always on the lookout for such a person who is not only ready to shoulder any responsibilities, but willing to bear the consequences of his failure or irresponsibility. Being responsible should not only be your work ethic, but also your life principle if you aim to strive for tremendous success in your life. 1. Procrastination is Sin, Never Postpone Although it's better for you to help others when they have certain difficulties at work, you should also finish your task on time. You must ensure that the tasks assigned to you are completed well in time and especially before anything else you might do for others. Keep Communications Clear & Effective Proper communication is an essential tool to a successful career. If you are able to put your thoughts and opinions across in an effective manner, you will get the most attention. Communicating with a better style is half the work done. Ask politely. State clearly. Stay friendly, Share your opinion carefully. When you're in anger, try to avoid speaking in haste. Respond, don't React An employee must use his common sense to try to act properly. Those employees who have a higher level of common sense are expected to reach higher in hierarchical standings. Using slang language, laughing loudly, looking for job opportunities while in the office or even sleeping in the office will keep you in the blacklist of the bosses, thus ruining the chances of rising up the ladder of professional success. Curb the Impulse of Acting Too Smart There are a number of employees who try to act smart, they carry an attitude that they are not just smart but they can get away with doing silly things in the office, and still not get caught. Acts like these will never help. Bosses just doesn't like who challenges their rules, be it directly or indirectly. Always Have a Good Word for Bosses It's a fact that every human being irrespective of status loves to receive praise, this is oh so true for most bosses. It is important to speak highly of a boss, but, beware, it depends on how the boss takes the adulation. Choose a suitable time, and speak about his good traits to someone who is closer to him. A friend or a close colleague might pass the word to him. Praising behind a boss will sound spontaneous. A boss is likely to get impressed more because the showering of the praises has been done at his back, and he comes to know through someone else. Praising should be genuine. However, it's a best practice to not go overboard and praise him for something he doesn't deserve credit for. Such an act will do nothing good but can certainly cause harm. Apologise when neccesary There are a host of polite ways to say no, but what's universal is to apologize before you decline anything, as it will make the person to feel that you're sincere. When you disagree with a colleague's opinion, you can say your appreciation before you share your own opinion. A boss is likely to take you into the leadership as he wants someone who has his own standpoint, and dares to sound his opinion. (The writer is an Image Consultant & Corporate Trainer firstname.lastname@example.org)