Do you currently work in an office as a low-level employee? Do you ever have dreams of rising up the ranks and becoming a Vice President someday? Maybe you have your sites set on the CEO. Whatever the case may be, if you’d like to rise to the top in a hurry, here’s some valuable tips that I have learned along the way.
1) If You’re New, Don’t Try to Change Their Process in Your First Week
There are quite a few young professionals that think they’re going to move to the top of the company within 4 years, so right out of the gate they begin to question the process and make an effort to change the system that has been in place for over 20 years.
It’s good to be young and ambitious, but it’s not okay to challenge the operation of the entire company in your first week. Unless you are instructed to evaluate their process and give your input, just make an effort to learn your position in the first 6 months. Once you have your duties down-pat, then you can start asking your boss if you could take a deeper look into the process and perhaps give a report of your findings. You’ll be much more respected if you take this route.
2) Offer Your Assistance to Everyone
At my place of employment, I am considered to be extremely knowledgeable in Excel. I often have employees come up to me and ask how the can write a function or fix a problem they’ve been having with the formatting. I honestly don’t care who it is that’s asking me the question – I am going to make sure that I answer their it to the best of my abilities. First of all, I do this because it’s for the ultimate good of the company; second, there’s nothing wrong with being labeled the office “Excel Guru”; and third, I really am just a genuinely good guy that likes to help (hopefully you are too).
People talk, and the more good they have to say about you the better. If you are promoted in the future, it’s best to have people agree with the change (because you’re an all-around great employee) rather than grumble about it because you’ve made their life at the office a living hell.
3) Seek Out a Mentor
If you are currently employed as a Financial Analyst, but you’d really like to be the Director of Merchandising someday, then seek out a mentor in merchandising (preferably at the Director level or higher). Let them know that you’re interested in what they do, and that you aspire to work in their field someday.
Mentorship doesn’t have to be difficult. Set up a meeting once a month and let them know what your future goals are and why. Generally, people love to help, and an extra 30 minutes a month really doesn’t amount to much for them, but for you, it could mean a few more rungs in that ladder!
4) Work Yourself Out of the Job
Most people spend all of their time trying to make themselves irreplaceable. They refuse to make work instructions for their job, and they often boast that no one else knows how to do what they do. These people are going nowhere in life. What you want to do is work yourself out of a job.
I know, it sounds counter-intuitive doesn’t it. I mean, if you work yourself out of a job, then you have no job anymore right? Wrong. If you spend your time to stream-line the process and make it so efficient that you’re no longer needed, you won’t be thrown to the curb, you’ll be embraced and rewarded with a new position. Anyone that can save the company money and can increase efficiency will be kept around for a long time.
Have you instituted any of these tips? What additional tips would you give for those that wish to move up in the company?
photo by degreezero2000