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Tips for Building Your Own Career Ladder

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The days of management training programs are gone. Find on the ramp to the expressway is a much more individualized than it used to be. But instead of waiting for a personal escort, there are things you can do to prepare for progress.

Find mentors (yes, you can have more than one!) - Mentors provide knowledgeable sounding boards for your ideas and can help avoid errors. No matter how smart and talented you are, there is no substitute for experience. Why not learn from the experience of others? The best way to find a mentor is simply to ask someone you respect for advice. Most people will be honored by the request.

Promote Professional Development (PD) of the Network - If you want professional advice, ask a professional. In an ideal world, your boss will make sure you have the type of tasks and exposure that will enhance your resume. If they are not as fortunate, looking for relationships with leaders of other departments within your organization or outside your organization that can provide a variety of perspectives on how to improve your skills.

His respect (network of PD) - Nothing is going to cause a person to prevent more calls than if they only call when you want something. Make sure to maintain regular contact (two to three times a year), with your mentors, even if just to say hello and give you an update on how he is doing. Asking about their interests is not useful to mention in polite ways to be honest. Cultivating the ''relationship'' part of the list of networks and networking will take care of itself.

Know where you are racing on the map - if you want to be a CEO, at some point you have to get out of the mailroom. If you're on the fast track to be receiving additional responsibilities every 12 to 18 months, if not before it is a sign that decision-makers in your organization see someone that the company may depend. If you work for small annual promotions may not be realistic so do not worry about the title at first. Be sure to perform the assigned tasks so you can get attention.

Hitch your wagon to a star - is more likely to get promoted if you work for someone who usually is promoting. Stars draw attention to everyone around them. If you work in a department of stagnation or a boss with a mediocre reputation, excellent performance, you cannot tell if anyone looks in the direction of his department. This brings us to the next point.

So it's nice, but sometimes one side is the best - Do not rule out lateral career moves. If you are offered the opportunity to work for an executive and forth or move to a high-performance team but without a title or a raise - Take it! Why? - (See previous tip)

Barbeque or mildew - If you are heating your professional growth then you are likely to grow mold. Stay current on industry issues by reading relevant articles and newsletters. Attend conferences and do not be afraid to volunteer for tasks in multi-departments. All these activities add to your skill sets and allow you to make more valuable contributions.

The launch for the short list - Decision makers often have someone in mind for the next promotion before it is available. Organizations typically prefer to promote from within because it is faster and far less expensive than outsourcing. When that does not happen often because they believe they have the talent at home. By cultivating a network of professionals within and outside the organization, maintaining the current capacity, position in the areas of society where the action and, of course, do your best no matter what the task is, you're leaving your organization know they have a talent in you!

Mind your P and Q's - Tag still matters. Everyone can make a positive impression. Make yourself memorable for being reliable. Always what you say you will do. Make sure your day does not end before returning phone messages, answering your emails and attending to everything that requires your signature. No matter how high you advance in the organization, you must still be able to remain true to these standards by the delegation effectively. It is the process of building a reputation for being memorable to respond.

For Love or Money - As the saying goes, ''find a job you love and never work another day in your life.'' People who enjoy their work always outnumber people not in the long term. Joy provides an almost inexhaustible source of energy that cannot be matched by a paycheck, no matter how big it is. So make sure you love what you do at least part time. Choose a job you enjoy and the money and the title will come. Choose a job for the money and title, and will never be enough.
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