If you’ve been working for a company for a long time, it’s normal to set job goals. Career goals are important for career success.
If you have plans to move up to a higher position, here are some tips you may want to consider:
Monitor your performance. If you want to move up the ladder, don’t always expect your superiors to keep track of your work. Document your performance. As often as possible, keep quantifiable statistics describing your work to help you move forward, and learn what areas you can improve on.
Keep an open mind if you want to get promoted and make sure to hear out other’s opinions. Wanting to do more is not enough. Observing and listening to your colleagues and mentors will really help you sharpen your skills.
Be like a leader. You may want to improve your leadership skills by thinking about what you can bring to the table when it comes to leading the team. Do you have suggestions to solve a problem? Evaluate other people you look up to and compare the skills that they have and what makes them successful.
How do they present themselves? Think of what you can improve on. Are your communication style and personality conducive to others being receptive of you? Do others have your trust?
Talk with your boss. Don’t be afraid to tell your superiors you want to be promoted to a managerial position. Sometimes, all it takes is opening up to create a path.
Feel free to set a meeting with your boss and share your career goals and your plans for the future. Ask for advice or honest feedback on how you can improve your work. As you strive toward the next level, be patient and be willing to learn new skills as you encounter different experiences.