Hoping for a promotion? Well, that’s certainly understandable—we all want to move up in our career, and in this economy the boost in salary that usually comes with a step up the ladder would definitely come in handy.
One of the best strategies to move up in your career quickly is to impress people with your creative ideas and out-of-the-box approaches to problems. But there’s one big challenge: before you can embark on these impressive new paths, you must first get the higher-ups to give you the green light. This often isn’t easy, especially if your bosses tend to be the cautious types that like to stick with tried-and-true ways of thinking.
This is a situation that can take a combination of diplomacy and good salesmanship. You also must carefully plan your approach ahead of time.
A solid reputation is a huge factor in career success, so taking steps to preserve your good name is vital. Take a minute to evaluate how you’re measuring up in these critical areas:
Do you look and act like a professional on a daily basis? Professionals realize that the office has a dress code and follow it. They are polite to others and respectful of the time, space, and property of co-workers. They keep the feelings of others in mind by refraining from gossiping, telling inappropriate jokes, swearing, and yelling.
Your career success (or lack thereof) depends on a wide variety of factors. There are of course the obvious things like education, skills, natural abilities, attitude and many others. But then there are lots of things that are a bit more vague or obscure, and can be tough to easily identify.
There are many traits that can help you succeed in your career—things like enthusiasm, flexibility, a positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team. On the other hand, there are a few traits that can be career-killers and can stop your professional progress in its tracks.