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8 Simple Ways to Achieve Career Advancement

Updated on June 2, 2016

Many people spend most of their waking hours at work in the hope of climbing up the corporate ladder. While career advancement might require dedication to your job, you must understand that it involves other factors like strategic planning and self-preparation. Are you prepared for the career or the promotion you're targeting? Here are some guidelines that can help you get ready for it.

1. Consider yourself as an entrepreneur. Even though you have a boss, you're the main person who is going to navigate your own career path. You're the one who will make things happen and not your boss or your mentor. So you must invest in yourself and plan carefully work life just like what an entrepreneur would do when setting up his own business.

2. Define your hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills refer to your knowledge and technical skills. Soft skills refer to your our ability to communicate, manage or teach others, control your emotions and relate to your co-workers at a personal level. Your hard and soft skills reveal whether you're suitable for your desired career path.

3. Ask other people’s opinion. Your work ethics and personal characteristics are observed by your boss and co-workers daily. Let them know that you want to improve. Ask them to provide feedback on your strengths and weaknesses in relation to your current job or position.

4. Be willing to learn new skills. Avoid being stuck with the things that you already know. Ask your boss for seminars or training sessions the company provides for employees aiming for a promotion. Take classes or online courses that will develop in you competencies needed in the industry to which your company belongs.

5. Engage in a team sport. A team sport provides a great opportunity for you to acquire leadership traits and other soft skills you might need for career advancement. Your participation in a team sport can change your preference to do all things by yourself. Instead of going solo, you will be pushed to train, work hard, win and lose together with your team members. You can adopt that 'team mindset' in the workplace especially when you're working on a project that requires the involvement of many co-workers.

6. Establish career goals. What do you want to achieve in your current position? List them down and label them as your career goals. Even though these goals affect your personal development primarily, find a way to translate them into something that will benefit the company.

7. Establish a career timeline. Where in the corporate ladder do you want to be after 3 or 4 years? What are your salary requirements by that time? Are you willing to work extra hours? Create a timeline. Decide on the additional tasks you’re willing to take in the process. Align your daily work life toward the achievement of your goals. If things don’t go your way despite your discipline and hard work, decide to seek another position in your company or find a new career elsewhere.

8. Be honest with your manager. Let your manager know about your career and salary goals. The best time to have a discussion about these is during a performance evaluation. But before you ask for a promotion or a salary increase, do ask about how the company’s finances and stability at the moment.

Investing in yourself pays off!

In the corporate world, you are the human capital. Therefore, it is advisable that you invest in yourself by learning new skills. This can pay off in the form of a bigger salary and better employment benefits, higher job position, a lifetime employment, or a new career that fits your interest and personality. While learning new skills costs money, the most important thing it requires is your determination to work hard toward self-improvement and success.

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