Ambition is a wonderful thing because without it, putting one foot in front of the other would become a chore. Getting out of bed every morning to go to work would lose its charm if you didn’t always seek opportunities to climb the corporate ladder and get close to your career goal. There’s absolutely no shortage of individuals who are eager to impress and get noticed by the superiors at their job. To get to a level where you’re fulfilling your inner heart’s desire, you have to stand out from the crowd; you need discipline and the positive drive to thrust to the front of the race.
However, there aren’t necessarily large stepping stones that you need to cross, but a combination of small principles that self-analysis protocols that will eventually make the crucial difference. What will make you shine brighter than the employees around you is, getting noticed by your immediate superior which will, in turn, get you noticed by the person in charge of the entire workplace.
Being punctual goes a long way; it shows you’re reliable and dedicated just in the mere act of arriving to work on time, and consistently at that. Your appearance is the first thing your superior will notice about you, and someone who takes care in grooming themselves looks neater and is a mark of good hygiene. Even if your job doesn’t require a formal dress code, this doesn’t mean you can turn up in your pajamas. Try to dress in a way that shows you’re serious e.g. avoid unorthodox colors, avoid jeans, don’t turn up with just a t-shirt on. Make sure your hair is neat and well kept, as well as clean hands and nails. A well-groomed individual stands out in a room of people who don’t really look like they care.
Being proficient in your role in the workplace is something that you should take pride in. Bosses pay close attention to who is willing to take the initiative and solve problems. Being competent at your role means you can prove yourself to be the better investment because that is how you should see yourself in the long run. Therefore, do your homework, the best investment you can do is to become an expert in your field, so you need to make time in your personal life to research the newest and best practices in your sector. When you’re more educated on a particular subject, you feel confident to take the lead, and thus, a leader is born. The key to being motivated to improve yourself and learn the facts, figures, and solutions to problems is to think of the company your work for as your own. Bosses seek more brilliant minds to add to their toolbox, and pointing out a gap in the market, or exploiting a weakness in the competition is exactly what businesses in every ruthlessly competitive environment. Your first aim is to become a reliable source of advice and then elect to become a leader such as a project manager, who shall focus a team of working in your department to a goal.
Be willing to go the extra mile
It’s isn’t just being informed, smart, calculated, reliable and calm under pressure as a leader that will get your noticed. Nothing will ever substitute hard graft and putting in hours beyond normal working time. Men more than often are willing to work beyond punching out time and stay behind to get extra work done to help the company and boss. Typically, it’s been found that although the pay gap is only counted as a theory by economists and independent studies, the earnings gap is a very real concept.
However, if you are unsure whether you’re being treated fairly, there are companies that undertake gender pay reporting for you. Do not tolerate being paid unfairly regarding hour-rates compared to anyone else regardless of gender. The main issue concerning women is the earnings gap as this is heavily dictated by lifestyle. Cut down on a messy uncoordinated schedule, and become that person that will always be willing to go do what others will not. Peers that take their job lightly in the form of a standard 9 to 5 will not be called upon by higher-ups to do that report, or create the company presentation after normal working hours. It is lonely at the top sometimes, and if you can be that lightning bolt of hope and excellence, work overtime every possibility you get.
Be independently strong
No one likes a pushover or somebody who will agree with everything their boss says; especially the boss. You need to show you’re strong and have independent thought, so learn to disagree. However, show your intellect behind the reasoning for your disagreeing, and remember to put forth your point of view with facts and evidence. Be polite when you disagree and never be afraid to apologize if you’re wrong. The boss wants people around them, who aren’t going to be robots who agree with everything. Self-promotion is important to advance one’s career, apart from being savvy and knowledgeable about the professional side of work, your character shows your temperament and humility.
Retain your integrity
Avoid becoming involved in office gossip and remain as an individual who is an utmost professional. Human beings are complex, and sometimes personal lives get involved, and feelings can become hurt by rumors spreading. Above all else, take pride in being a clear cut, methodical employee. This may seem cold, but your main aim is to not be a ‘chatty patty,’ not to mention, talking crudely about someone behind their back, shatters their trust in your and personal divisions affect community cohesion at work. Peer pressure can make you do silly things, and those who see you as someone who refuses to get involved in malpractice and illegal maneuvers that they are encouraging might try to twist your arm to play a part in them. Immediately you need to be someone who has a barrier up to the nonsensical acts of others who wish to drag you down with them. Do not follow the crowd and ditch your moral compass at the front door when you leave for work.