professional progress – Career Hunts Blog Career Hunts blog | Job Recruitment Advice | Career Guide Sat, 24 Dec 2022 05:35:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR PROFESSIONAL PROGRESS IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS Sat, 24 Dec 2022 05:35:01 +0000 A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR PROFESSIONAL PROGRESS IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS

Getting ahead in a company typically boils down to making a good impression on the right people, who will then hopefully recognise your worth to the organisation and the opportunities you still present. So, here are six steps you can take to stand out in your organisation and ensure your contributions are recognised and valued:

  1. Introduce yourself to high-profile jobs

    Each quarter, most businesses will launch a new set of mission-critical projects. Projects with this focus aim to address the future possibilities of the company. What new technologies (like social media) might the company want to take advantage of to improve how business is done? The question boils down to this: what steps can a CEO take today to set their company up for success tomorrow?

In most cases, workers on such projects must take on extra hours in addition to their normal duties (or in some cases you might be seconded to the project for a few months). Therefore, the decision of who should work on the project is made internally, and you can have an impact on that decision by actively seeking participation. Your work on such projects will likely be reported to higher-ups, giving you and your efforts more exposure than you’d get in a routine role. Thus, this tactic can play a crucial role in advancing your career (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this played out in real life).

  1. Seek out a guide or mentor

    Ask yourself: who does the kind of work you would like to be doing and is senior enough to have an impact on your career path at your company? You should focus your attention on getting on the radar of these individuals. Whether or not your company has a formal mentoring programme, you should still seek out an experienced colleague to serve as your mentor. To get on their radar and benefit from their experience, it may take as little as meeting them for coffee once a month. What matters most is that they get to know, respect, and ultimately see your potential. This will increase the likelihood that you’ll be considered for future projects or promotions. Having a mentor is a great way to get face time with influential people.

  2. Target your business impact with pinpoint accuracy

    It was related to me that once upon a time the CEO of the company went on a tour of the workplace in order to meet with the employees. His first question to any new acquaintance was, “so do you help us sell advertising or win more readers?” To that end, he stressed the importance of keeping in mind how each day’s activities contributed to either of these two pillars of the company’s success.

Specifically for your current company, how does this translate? How do you fit into the big picture of what makes your company successful, and what do you do to help it grow? How can you make better use of your time each day so that you can focus on the activities that will have the greatest effect on your company? Make those calls, and don’t let your heightened impact on the company’s goals go unnoticed.

  1. Show initiative and complete dependability

    Take a breath and think about what your superiors at the moment actually do. What problems are they experiencing, and how can you help them? A heavy workload could be to blame. Perhaps there is an insufficient number of reliable employees available to delegate responsibilities. Perhaps they need more time on their hands to concentrate on the new projects they have been given responsibility for.

Your standing with your immediate superiors will increase if you can help alleviate any of their concerns. Try not to become indispensable to your superiors, as this will make it more difficult for you to move up in the company when appropriate opportunities arise. But present yourself as someone who takes the initiative within the group and can be counted on 100 percent. The second is especially vital. When your superiors have faith that they can delegate work to you and know that it will be completed as competently as if they had done it themselves, your value to the company skyrockets.

  1. Exceed all requirements

    try to take a more proactive role in managing the expectations of those reporting to you, and in exceeding those expectations whenever possible. The importance of managing expectations in addition to exceeding them is obvious. In the previous section, we discussed the importance of establishing yourself as someone who can always be counted on to complete assignments on time. It’s crucial that you raise any concerns you may have about completing a task or project on time when it’s being assigned or when a timeline is being developed (and budget). Your business acumen and your willingness to identify problems at this stage will be rewarded. Warning your managers about problems at the last possible moment will hurt your reputation and make them doubt your ability to complete projects on time and within budget.

  2. Invest in your positive attitude

    You can expect the aforementioned to hasten your professional development over the next two to three years. But don’t ignore the most basic requirements, like being an upbeat member of the team and an enthusiastic leader. Just make sure you’re the one spreading the optimistic message about what can be accomplished in the company. Be the one who always finds something good to say about the people you work with and the work week as a whole. Others will gravitate toward these people, and their enthusiasm will rub off on higher-ups. Far too many aspirants for advancement are actively bringing the team down by pointing out all the obstacles that must be overcome. Think about whether you might be seen that way and make an effort to alter your behaviour if you find that you are.

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