Are you interested in an eventual c-suite role? Do you want to manage a team? Are you hoping to have ‘senior’ in front of your job title?
It’s easy to move up the ladder if you have a sense of where precisely you want to be. Start with a goal and create a plan on how to get there. Think through how to break down your end goal into steps, and how you will reach each step. You may need to get another degree, relocate, upgrade your skills, or head to another company to achieve certain steps and your goal.
In today’s blog, UASA has a few tips to help eager millennials who want to climb up the corporate ladder and reach their career goals.
Communicate your ambitions
Share some specifics on your plan and goals with your manager or mentor. Being open and sharing what you want can be powerful. Tell your manager you hope one day to hold a certain title, this may make him or her view you in a new way and give you some challenging opportunities that will allow you to grow and broaden your experience. Plus, once your manager is aware of your goal, he or she can potentially give you meaningful feedback. There may, for instance, be a specific path to an internal promotion.
Go beyond your Job description
Think of the tasks in your job description as the bare minimum. Aim to help out co-workers when they are swamped, and go the extra mile on your tasks. Let your manager know when you put in extra hours or help out colleagues bring it up during one-on-one meetings, your annual review and when you ask for a raise or promotion.
Tip 101: Avoid being the person on the team who handles all the work without acknowledgment and commensurate remuneration.
Build strong relationships
Careers thrive based on who you know. No need to be craven about your relationship-building. Instead, take the time to get to know your manager and colleagues. Be friendly and helpful, and put in the time with communicating with others and show up at optional company-wide events. Getting things done is important, but people do generally seek to work with folks they get along with. So it’s strategically wise to get along well with your colleagues.
Put yourself in leadership positions
That can mean giving presentations and leading up projects but it can also mean speaking up in meetings, coming up with ideas, and generally being a person the company turns to for solutions. If you want to move up the ladder, you will need to do more than maintain the status quo. Be creative in your plan and seek help from those who are above you.
Track your accomplishments
Don’t boast, but do share when you have accomplished something noteworthy. There are all sorts of projects that you can devote your energy toward. Prioritize the ones that roll up into the company’s big-picture fiscal goals whenever possible. This will help you get noticed and secure your position.