Does the feeling of leveling up in your career haunt you everyday?
It may seem too far-fetch at first but really, it’s as easy as ABC. You just have to setup your plans for success. No matter what profession or career you’re in, leveling up is not as hard as you think.
One book I’ve read that really gave me a lot of insights about career advancement is “The New Rules: Office Politics by Rob Yeung. “
Yeung discussed the difference between those who excel in their profession and those who don’t. Although it may seem that skills matter most, it’s not. But in fact, your network matters as much.
He said the difference between those who really level up their jobs or career and those who don’t is their connection. Leveling up may require having a strong connection and rapport with others. For some it is not an easy thing, while others believe in building connections and having a huge network.
One key element of having a strong connection is having great leadership skills. It is how you make others feel, and valued. Which means, being best at what you do always.
In order for you to do this, really dedicate some time to work hard and know the ins and outs of your job description. If it means going back to your contract or job offer, do it. Familiarize yourself with the things that are included in your work responsibilities and see where you can excel or stand out.
The key to positioning yourself as an expert is knowing not only your strengths but also your weaknesses. By taking a look at your contract and what you currently do, you’ll also be able to point out the things you’re good at and the things you’re not. Focus on the aforementioned and leverage them. Consider improving in your weaknesses too.
In some cases that nothing in your job description seem enticing, try to evaluate the company you’re working on and see if there’s anything you can offer outside the available positions and discuss it with your manager.
Be willing to make decisions that can best serve the company. Delegate and assess what is or isn't beneficial for growth.
A helping hand goes a long way every single time. If you finish work earlier than expected and you have some time to spare, feel free to help out a colleague. If you know something they don’t, share it.
More often than not, the reason why we’re not able to level up in our profession is because we don’t really like to.
You may only be concerned about your own work and not others. But unless you’re alone on a deserted island, teamwork is vital. Yes, let’s admit that some things can be done better on your own but that’s it. It doesn’t work for everything. Just like what John Maxwell said, “Teamwork makes the dream work. “ Teamwork makes things happen.
Be the person people follow and learn from. I always tell this to my clients. You may be doing all the things I’ve mentioned above but if you’re thinking that you don’t deserve a promotion, you won’t have it.
Unless you decide that you really want to take your career to the next level, the Universe would not work it out for you.
So there you have it.
Now, decide what leveling up in your profession means for you. Layout the things you need to do to have it. And let the Universe work its magic.