If you are keen to scale the career ladder, you might be wondering how you can break free from your middle management position. Up until this point, you have managed to secure a better role every couple of years. However, for the last five years or so, you may have been doing the same unfulfilling and unchallenging role.
It’s time to be proactive and break free from the shackles of your current employment. Don’t expect a new job to land in your lap. You need to put in the effort to find your newly promoted role.
Being in the same position for more than three years can lead to a stagnation of your skills. As a middle manager, it’s all too easy to become complacent and forget about what you need to move up the career ladder. You might be able to do your job blindfolded, which sounds great if you want an easy ride, but you want to be challenged and see the impact that you are having in your work.
Upskilling means taking a look at your resume and trying to fill the gaps. If you are looking for a specific role, take a look at a range of person and job specifications for the sort of position that you are after. You may need to enroll in courses or take further qualifications to even get your applications looked at. Consider enrolling in an MS business analytics online. By doing some distance learning, you won’t have to forfeit your current role by taking time out, and you will have an excellent qualification at the end of it. This could be your key to ending up on the call back pile for jobs.
Don’t consider sending off a generic template letter of application for every role that you have your eye on. This scattergun approach will leave you forgetting the jobs that you have applied for, and your applications will be worthless as they will never address a named individual or state what you can do for the specific company that you want to work for.
Always be bespoke with every application and be choosy. Only apply for roles that you really want. Talk about what you have to offer and show off your knowledge of the company by mentioning something you admire, whether this is their green credentials or their willingness to put staff well being in their business vision. Be enthusiastic and make your resume shine.
If you get called for interview, you are halfway there. Yes, you’ll be nervous but so will all of the other candidates. Try and channel your nerves into creating STAR model answers to questions. Talk about the situation you were presented with, the task you had to achieve, the impact you had and the result of this impact. This keeps your answers nuanced, precise and concise – exactly what employers are looking for. Be suited and booted, have a haircut, and make sure you smile!
Being the perfect candidate for promotion takes a lot of work. Competition is fierce for the most sought after jobs. However, follow this guide and you have every chance of success.