Climbing the job ladder

by Nik Lemmens on August 16, 2011

Climbing the job ladder

Points to Consider when climbing the job ladder

When you’ve finally settled in to your working lifestyle and have a job that you like and can see yourself working for your company for a long time, it’s only natural to start thinking about career progression.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to climb the career ladder, however, as humans are, by nature, extremely competitive, you’ve just got to be very careful about how you approach the situation so that you do not step on anyone’s toes or rub anyone up the wrong way, burning your bridges altogether.

You’ve got to keep in mind how suitable you are for promotion, for instance how much of the new job will you have to learn and is there anyone else that might be more suited to it. Ideally, when being promoted you should have a balance of 80-90% of current skills versus 20-10% of skills that you will need to develop. In addition to this, you should also consider:

  • The Money – Whilst having more money is, of course, a huge benefit to getting a promotion, it should not be the only reason that you want one. You need to be careful that you don’t over negotiate and be too greedy when it comes to working out your new salary with HR, otherwise you may find the company changes its mind about your promotion.
  • The increase in power – Climbing the career ladder does result in people having more power, however, power can sometimes go to people’s heads. You have to always respect the power you have and be aware that it can be taken away as easily as it is given, so don’t be too ruthless and step on people to get what you want, as you may find this comes back to bite you.

As with your salary, you’ve also got to be careful about how greedy you get; be careful not to be overly ambitious and let your thirst for power consume you, as you may find that your current job suffers and that you’ll be ruled out for promotion anyway. 

  • Work vs. life balance –Progressing in your career will mean that you have to work a lot harder and often work longer hours too. This can mean that your personal life suffers, as you start to miss dinners, children’s bedtimes and perhaps even family weekends too, as your workload increases and demands overtime on weekends.

You’ve got to keep in mind how important your free time is and find time to relax and unwind, as this will ultimately make you more productive when working too.

Before accepting any promotion, make sure that you have thought everything through thoroughly and know how the promotion will affect your life. Don’t get too caught up in climbing the career ladder; it’s important but it’s not the be all and end all. You can be successful and still have a life!

 

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Sire August 17, 2011 at 9:48 am

I was never one to strive for the top job. I always did the best I could and if that resulted in a promotion then so be it.

I actually preferred to work for myself so that I wasn’t constrained by what a boss wanted of me. The worst thing is knowing that things could be done better but no-one was willing to listen to your ideas.

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