Every corporate sector harbours an extremely competitive environment, especially Asia Pacific’s tech vendor scene. If you have been working double time for many years and still not obtaining the promotion you feel you are worthy of, you may need to utilise a more deliberate strategy to elevate your career status.
To help you step up to the top in the fastest way possible, here are some tips on establishing lasting growth and success.
1. Be an essential part of the business
Having a more strategic approach is about playing to your capabilities and advantages. Use your strengths to make sure the task that you do gets noticed. Be a good and efficient employee at all times. The tech vendor sector cannot risk leaving room for mistakes. If you think you are performing at a level which is less than outstanding, work out ways that you can be of more help to your boss and the organisation.
Be the employee whom your boss can always rely on and who is frequently turned to for help and suggestions. Be the asset not the liability. Determine your strengths and maximise them as you take specific assignments that you know you can do well. If you have a high-level job, it is because your boss feels that you are the most capable person to do it. Just do your best and prove them it is right to trust and believe in you.
2. Practice professionalism
Every manager hopes to find someone they can rely on to do a job for them. Not all skilled and competent employees are professional, so be ready to be one of the few who are professional, credible and perform in the best interests of the company. If you stand to be that someone, then the management will trust you with managerial positions. No matter how stressful and frustrating your job is, it’s critical to always stay professional and show how calmly you can work under pressure. Once you victoriously reach management level, rest assured you can now handle and manage daily frustrations effectively.
3. Keep track of your achievements
Promotions are not measured on how many over-times you had or how much time you spent working. They depend on whether you have performed well and are deserving of them. Most companies want to guarantee that the people who are marching up to the top have a track record of success. Ask your boss for major milestones to hit so that once you have finally attained them, you are able to flaunt your achievements. To climb the ladder of success more quickly, learn to take credit boldly when it is due.
4. Be a progressive learner
While you are still working your way up, take the opportunity to learn from others who are ahead of you in terms of experience. As you admire these leaders, learn to recognise their strengths and try to adopt those qualities as you move into the top spot. Sign up for training courses and new projects that will help widen your skill set. It could also be a perfect time to increase tertiary level and take post-graduate study related to industry requirements.
5. Think outside the box
Let your plan be three steps ahead of your competitors. If you do not want to set yourself up for failure, stop rushing into a managerial position just because it looks compelling and admirable on your CV. Quick promotions will only fill the organisation with bosses who lack of understanding of what it takes to lead. So prepare yourself a career plan and make sure you feel ready when you do accept a management role.
Management often comes with serious responsibility. Before you put your hand up and commit to a managerial job, be sure you are equipped to accomplish every task and ready to take charge of other people’s careers.