4 Keys to Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Posted November 18, 2013 by Sally Calloway in On the Ladder

You got the job!

Now, master the following 4 keys to success to continue your climb on the corporate ladder.

Throughout my eight year tenure in corporate America as the Director of Career Services at a career college, I experienced, and observed firsthand the setbacks and limitations the lack of what I call “success positioning and tracking” can cause. When it comes time to interview for a promotion or another job It will be difficult to sell yourself and to outcompete other candidates If you fail to follow these 4 keys to success.

Key to success #1:

Regardless of the industry you work in, or your position level, it is imperative, in order to achieve future success, to obtain a concise outline of what your performance will be evaluated on and the expectations of your position. Get this in writing and signed by your boss when possible.

Most companies require a 6 month and a 12 month review. Others are not as professional/formal.   Regardless of how often, or the process in which your performance is reviewed, as you progress and work hard to exceed those metrics make certain to complete this next critical task.

Key to success #2:

Track, and document your achievements as they happen.

Your resume is a working document. Update it consistently with quantifiable examples of success and  significant initiatives that you develop and implement. Think challenge, action, result (CAR). This will help you to effectively illustrate your career accomplishments on your resume. Become aware of broader company goals, make a plan to contribute to them, and then document the outcomes.

Key to success #3:

Aim to be an overachiever, and to exceed the expectations of your role.

Stay on top of your industry trends and grow your expert status. Get to know your boss. Understand what they themselves are accountable for and work to make their job easier by becoming a resource. Initiate a  meeting with your supervisor at least every 3 months to keep them aware of your contributions, to set new goals and to express your appreciation for their support.

Key to success #4:

Earn recommendations and referrals by being a team player with a can-do attitude and by networking. In today’s competitive employment market is it no longer just who you know, it’s who knows you.  Become recognized as the hard-working, team player willing to do what it takes to get the job done. When presenting challenges, always offer solutions. And be willing to take on less desirable tasks.

A standout candidate offers a combination of relative skills, experience, education, and a demonstrated background of accomplishments with a proven history of success in past positions.

Always do your very best at whatever level of responsibility you are afforded.

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About the Author

Sally Calloway

As a Certified Professional Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer and Employment Trends Analyst, Sally Calloway has discovered new rules, and little-known, proven strategies that every job seeker needs to know. Throughout her 15-year span of career development experience, Sally has collaborated and consulted with human resources professionals and recruiters across the globe, and with renowned organizations including Disney and MGM International. In her former role, Calloway served as the College director of career services for eight years. She taught career success classes and provided career services to thousands of students and graduates helping them land internships and employment despite the downturn of the employment economy. Currently as an author, speaker career coach, and expert resume writer she coaches and mentors job seekers of all levels from recent college graduates to C-level executives, and former military personnel. Coach Sally has transformed thousands of resumes into job-winning machines that recruiters rave about through her powerful “value-stacking” resume building technique. Her revolutionary job interview techniques help candidates interview with ease and confidence, land offers on the spot, and more money. Sally Calloway has a passion for helping job seekers effectively illustrate their accomplishments on their resume and communicate their value with confidence in interviews so that they can achieve their career dreams. For a free resume critique, you may email your resume as a Word attachment to coachsally49@gmail.com For speaking inquiries, Sally Calloway may be contacted via email at: coachsally49@gmail.com