Seven Steps For Creating Your Own Career Ladder

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professor Candis Best of St. Joseph’s College in New York discusses the seven steps needed for creating your own career ladder.

    Candis Best: Hi I am Candis Best, Associate Professor at St. Joseph's College in New York City and today I am going to give you five tips to create your own career ladder and get yourself promoted.

    Tip number one, find mentors and create a professional development network. Mentors are great sources of advice, they are experienced professionals who are always eager to help and give you tips on what skills you need to develop and the kinds of relationships you need to build to be successful.

    Tip number two, Barbeque or Mildew? What that means is if you aren't heating up your professional development, you're probably growing old. So the way to avoid that is to read articles, go to conferences, stay current on the events and the information that's happening in your industry and that leads us to tip number three.

    You need to know where you are in your career ladder. If you want to be the CEO, eventually you have to get out of the mail room. People who are on the fast track are getting additional responsibilities every 12 to 18 months.

    The bottom line is, if you do a good job on a task that was outside of your job description, you're letting your employer know that you can be counted on and that will usually lead to a promotion down the line.

    The fourth tip, hitch your wagon to a star. That means if you have an opportunity to work for someone who is really on the fast track, even if it's not a promotion, take it. It is a great way to get exposure.

    And tip number five, mind your P's and Q's. Meaning, if you can't be the smartest person on the job, be the most dependable. Always answer your emails by the end of the day, return your phone calls and do what you say you're going to do.

    Developing a reputation for being someone people could count on, being polite and respectful is a great way to be on the shortlist when people in your organization are thinking about who they want to promote next.

    Here is a bonus, make sure you're doing work that you love, because people who are doing work that they love have more energy and tend to outperform people who don't. So, there you have it, five tips for creating a career ladder and getting yourself promoted.