Do you feel stuck in your career? Is the price of water rising faster than your salary?
More importantly, do you want to do something about it?
We’ve spoken with career professionals from around Singapore and asked for their best advice on getting out of a rut and into the fast lane of promotions and salary raises – and we’re delight to share these proven strategies for getting ahead in a competitive Singapore workforce.
1) Set Career Goals.
The biggest reason why people get stuck in their career, is simply because they haven’t set goals for themselves. Set clear goals on where you want your career to be in 1, 5 and 10 years time – then set smaller goals to get you to those targets!
2) Get Organised!
The most successful people in the workforce have one thing in common, they’re organised – and by “organised”, we don’t just mean arranging your office stationery and remembering which day your department’s weekly meeting is held.
3) Create Value.
In business, working hard doesn’t mean you deserve a promotion. (If that were so, the office cleaners who have to toss out our rubbish and clean our toilets each day should be promoted every month.) Organisations (and most likely, your bosses) want employees who create value for the business. Whether this means acquiring more leads and closing more sales, contributing to product/service improvements or simply bettering the office environment by motivating your colleagues – your added value is what will put you ahead of the line when the next promotion comes around.
4) Enhance Related Skills.
While it’s always a good idea to improve your professional skills, do also consider adding and enhancing related skills. If you’re a marketing professional who’s also a wizard at Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, you could be your company’s go-to person for such tasks. (Which only adds to your value within the organisation.)
5) Develop People Skills.
At lower levels of the organisation, your technical/product/service-level skills are essential. As you move further up the value chain, knowing how to get the best performance out of your team members becomes exponentially more important.
Learn to motivate staff, resolve conflicts and boost morale, and you’ll soon be on your way to bigger and better things. And all the water you (and your bigger paycheque) can afford.