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How to climb the career ladder

Posted by: Ruth McKinney

No matter what stage you’re at in your career, you should always be thinking about taking the next step-up on the career ladder. Staying in the same position or role within a company for too long can leave you feeling unchallenged and in a rut. Whether your motivation for promotion is about taking on more responsibility, an increase in salary, or a move into a management or a board level position, a clear progression plan  is a great foundation for your career. 

Time to be pro-active

Ask yourself, what actions you can take now, to ensure that you’re well positioned to take the next step-up? As a specialist workforce solutions agency, we are always looking for ways to help our candidates to move up on the career ladder and making sure that they are well-positioned to achieve their long-term job aspirations. Here are some ideas from our expert WRS consultants to help you get ready to take the next step in your role.

Record your achievements

From day one, keep track of your achievements on an ongoing basis. It’s all too easy to forget your successes and if you try to update your CV and LinkedIn profile retrospectively, you’re likely to leave out some important points. By keeping an up-to-date record of your successes, you will also be in a great position to offer clear and relevant answers to any number of tough or competency-based interview questions.

Take on more responsibility

Get exposure to more projects, teams, colleagues, skills and processes by taking on responsibility that would normally be outside of your role. By taking this approach, you will have the opportunity to interact with a broader range of people within your industry, whilst learning new skills. These actions will raise awareness of your profile inside and outside your organisation, for all the right reasons and ensure that when an opportunity to take the next step in your career arises, you will be front of mind with recruiters and external decision makers who can help your career progression.

Investigate training and development opportunities

Where possible, try to engage with or seek out any training opportunities which could enhance your skills and knowledge. Not only will this help you to optimise your performance in your current role, but it will demonstrate that you’re enthusiastic, willing to learn, want to develop new skills and that you take a pro-active approach to increasing your knowledge. Not all training needs to have a cost attached, remember to utilise the knowledge contained within your team or organisation by getting involved in projects that are particularly relevant to your career aspirations. Ask colleagues about what they do and retain and apply that information when seeking out opportunities for taking the next step-up in your career. 

Show your ambition

Don’t be afraid to show that you’re ambitious and aspire to progress your career by applying for more senior job opportunities when they arise in your industry. You need to make your interest in taking the next step in your career clear because, if you don’t apply, there is a good chance that people with the power to help you, like recruiters or decision makers, will not get the message, leaving you overlooked and thus missing out on some stellar chances to progress. Make your own chances! Speak to recruiter’s and other industry decision makers, to show that you’re ambitious, willing to learn and invested in progressing within your chosen industry.

If you’re looking to take the next step-up on the career ladder, a new challenge or simply want some advice, one of our specialist recruitment consultants will be on-hand to offer their support. WRS is a global workforce solutions company, operating in the energy, maritime, commodities and trading, mining and construction industries. Get the wheels in motion to take the next step in your career by sending us your CV, registering your details or looking at our latest job vacancies today.

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