10 Habits You Need To Move Up In Your Career

Elevating your career takes time, patience, and a solid approach. You might feel that promotions are timing and luck. And as one of the luckiest people alive, I can tell you that I have never “lucked” into a promotion. Timing has been a factor, but timing was only a factor as in, it was time for me to be promoted because of all of the work and prep I did to get there. Related: 3 Career Development Tips That Will Get You Ahead Of The Competition I’ve found that the work and prep to get that promotion have fallen into one of three major buckets. The first is to actively manage your career. The second is that I have open ears and eyes. And finally, prove yourself both flexible and invaluable. While some view this as a trap, there is a chance when you are invaluable, bad managers will pigeonhole you into your current job. On the flip side, when you’re doing everything else, getting away from that bad manager will be pretty easy because you’ll be in demand.


Manage Your Career

1. Set & communicate clear goals

The key to getting what you want is knowing what you want. Set clear, manageable goals for you professionally. And maintain those goals as your personal and professional landscape changes.

2. Find a mentor

A good mentor will help you solve some of the challenges and roadblocks you face. The best mentors will help you figure out next steps that work for you and help guide you over hurdles that sit squarely in your blind spot.

3. Get all kinds of feedback

Talk with your manager and your mentor. Get feedback on your communication style, your work, how you handle challenges and so on. Be open to positive and negative feedback and work diligently to iron out the negatives and boost the positives.

4. Manage work samples

We’re in the show me age. When there is an opportunity to elevate in your career, you should have your work samples at the ready. I advocate storing your favorite projects either on your computer in a special folder or in the cloud, check out DropBox, CredHive, Google Drive, or Box.

Open ears/Open eyes

5. Be a student of your industry

Open those eyes and start reading everything you can about your industry and your field. Study everything there is to know about your company and their competitors. Know the company goals and unique selling points inside and out. Study the customers. Know what they want. Become an expert in these things and be able to speak eloquently about.

6. Be curious

Listen to the people around you. Ask a few questions and let people talk about their jobs, their team, their company and their passions. You will learn a lot about people with a few simple questions and big, open ears.

7. Always be listening for opportunities

Opportunities internally and externally will present themselves. Never say “no” to a conversation about opportunity. You will learn a lot about what you want professionally and will probably be better equipped for that promotion if you understand where you can add value at your company or another one. In addition to job opportunities, always be listening for internal project or growth opportunities.

Be invaluable

8. Make a grab

When you see new opportunities to stretch and grow, go for it. Make the grab, do a little extra when it’s required to get ahead. It is not aggressive to reach for a new opportunity. It is helpful, useful and valuable. People who progress make grabs.

9. Network internally

To avoid being pigeonholed when you are invaluable, you must network internally. Get to know people in other divisions, other offices and on other teams. Use the above mentioned curiousity to learn everything you can about their team and what matters to them. Learn about what is great about their team and what they love about their job and also what they would change. And then, if you see people who can help others, connect them.

10. Do what you say

The people who get the most out of their careers always do what they say they will. They are consistent and reliable. The promise and then deliver, or even better, over-deliver. When you do what you say you are going to do, you build trust. People like promoting or hiring people they can trust. Always do what you say and follow through. There are a few I left off the list; maybe I’ll have a sequel! What are some of your tips and tricks to getting ahead for you? This post was originally published on an earlier date.

Related Posts

How To Be Assertive In The Workplace How To Stand Out: Define Your Strengths 4 Ways Young Professionals Can Stand Out In A Crowded Job Market

About the author

With passion and an innate curiosity, Tracey strives to push the envelope to create great experiences for talent. Tracey has been developing digital, mobile and social solutions for nearly 20 years in the talent acquisition space. Currently CredHive’s CEO, she is dedicated to changing the way hiring is done to create a more level playing field for talent. Visit CredHive to learn more.   Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a CAREEREALISM-approved expert. You can learn more about expert posts here. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Cam submitted. He's been working at a job for awhile, but recently overheard a hiring manager making fun of a candidate with autism right after an interview-not only awkward, but VERY unprofessional!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

Starting a family is one of the biggest milestones in a person's life. It's in those first few months when a parent can really bond with their newborn and make lifelong memories. However, for some new dads, it can be difficult to juggle being a new parent while remaining dedicated to their career.

Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

SHOW MORE Show less

There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

SHOW MORE Show less

Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if a recruiter called you a day EARLY for your phone interview (and you were NOT PREPARED!)

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less