Are you after a career change or a promotion?

Climbing the career ladder is a constant process. With so many areas to focus on, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to advance your career. This guide will give you some hints to help along the way.

Ways to advance your career

Promotion or new job?

To put it broadly, there are two ways you can advance your career: by getting promoted within an organisation, or by seeking a more senior position at a new one. There are strengths to both of these approaches, and the best route for you depends heavily on your circumstances.

The best way to find a new job

If promotion isn’t on the cards, or if you need a change of scenery, there are a few key ways you can look for a new job:

  • Use your network. You may not know it, but there are almost definitely people in your network looking to make new hires. Reach out to anyone who works in your area to find hidden opportunities. A survey has shown that 85% of open job positions are filled through networking.
  • Check job boards. Checking specialist job advertising boards is another way to find the next step in your career.
  • Update your LinkedIn. An up-to-date LinkedIn profile will help you secure work, whether it is found through networking, cold applying, or being headhunted directly.

Writing a letter of resignation

Moving onto a new position often requires leaving one organisation and joining another. Leaving your previous role means handing in your notice, which necessitates writing a letter of resignation.

Resignation letters shouldn’t be long, point by point breakdowns of why you’re leaving and what you’re going to do next. Keep them to the point, use formal language, and make sure you stay on good terms with your manager. You may need to use them as a reference in the future.

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Professional qualifications

Earning professional qualifications can be a great way to advance your career. Studies have shown professional qualifications lead to direct increases in salary, and needless to say they look great on CVs.

Professional qualification courses can be expensive, but many employers will fund them to aid employee personal development. Whatever the cost, it’s difficult to put a price on career advancement.

Notice periods

Notice periods can be irritating for professionals advancing their careers. Securing a dream position at another firm is thrilling. Waiting for your notice period to run out, less so.

On some occasions, it may be possible to work out a reduced notice period with your employer, or not to work your notice period at all. On the other hand, your contract might include a restrictive covenant which bars you from working for a competitor for a period after your resignation.

Details of your notice period will be found in your employment contract.

How to handle rejection

Losing out on a promotion or new job position can be painful, but it is important to move on from rejection without being disheartened. Try to learn lessons from every failed application, and don’t lose faith. Asking for feedback can be a way to turn rejection into a learning experience.

Don’t give up until you get the role you deserve. With a great CV, and a little luck, you’ll be climbing the career ladder in no time.