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How to Land a More Senior Position

9 months ago by Gravitas Recruitment Group
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​In the corporate world, advancement and growth are essential aspects of a successful career.

Climbing the ladder to a more senior position requires a combination of dedication, skill development, and strategic planning. Whether you want to learn how to get a promotion within your current organisation or you are seeking opportunities elsewhere to advance your career, this blog will provide you with valuable tips to secure a more senior position.

In this blog, we discuss:

  • Self-assessment and goal setting

  • Continuous learning and skill development

  • Showcasing leadership skills within current role

  • Networking opens new opportunities

  • Self-promotion and clear results

  • Be brave and communicate your ambitions

  • Emotional intelligence for effective leadership

Self-assessment and goal setting

The first step towards landing a more senior position is to conduct a thorough self-assessment and set your goals. Evaluate your skills, experiences, and achievements objectively. Identify your strengths and areas for improvement and assess whether you possess the necessary qualifications for a more senior role, setting clear and achievable goals that align with your long-term career aspirations.

A practical way of doing this is to go review the job descriptions of more senior roles you would be interested in progressing into. Consider how you meet the requirements, and if there are any essential gaps you need to address.

Continuous learning and skill development

One thing to note is that the journey to a senior position is marked by continuous learning and skills development along the way.

Invest in acquiring new knowledge and competencies that are relevant to your desired role, attend workshops, seminars, or pursue further education to enhance your expertise. It’s also important to stay up to date with industry trends, emerging technologies, and industry best practices, as this demonstrates your commitment to growth and adaptability.

Make a record of the new skills you have learned, so you can include it in your CV.

Showcasing leadership skills within current role

Many senior positions demand strong leadership qualities, so use your initiative and seek opportunities to lead projects or initiatives within your current role. Displaying leadership skills, such as decision-making, problem-solving, and motivating others, will attract the attention of colleagues higher up the pecking order. Additionally, mentorship or volunteering for leadership roles in professional organisations can help you develop your leadership acumen even further.

Keep a record of the projects you have managed and overseen, making a note of techniques you used, results and outcomes, and things you learned. These examples can be valuable in an interview when the hirer asks for examples of how you have managed a project or team. Use the STAR technique to help you prepare these examples.

Networking opens new opportunities

Networking is a powerful tool when it comes to advancing your career, so it’s a great idea to attend industry events and conferences to connect with as many professionals in your field as possible. Building meaningful relationships with colleagues, superiors, and influencers can lead to valuable recommendations and referrals. Your network may also inform you about hidden job opportunities and provide insights into the skills required for senior positions, all things which will stand you in good stead when it comes to going for that senior role you’ve been yearning for.

If you’re considering long-term career goals and where you want to progress to in 5-10 years time, you can try reaching out to professionals that currently do these roles. You can ask them for advice and maybe even obtain a mentoring opportunity.

Self-promotion and clear results

One thing is for certain, consistently delivering exceptional results in your current role is crucial to be considered for a promotion. Senior roles come with greater responsibilities, and employers want to be confident in your ability to handle them. Showcase your accomplishments and the positive impact you've made on your team or organisation during performance evaluations and in conversations with decision-makers. It's vital to use these regular meetings to cement your growing strength within the company.

By exhibiting confidence in your ability and demonstrating that you are sure of which direction you are aiming for will put the bonus on those higher up to start thinking about promoting you.

Be brave and communicate your ambitions

While delivering results is essential, it's equally important to communicate your aspirations to your superiors, making your intentions clear regarding your desire for a more senior position. Schedule regular meetings with your manager to discuss your career goals and ask for feedback on your progress. Demonstrating your commitment to your career growth will show your dedication to the organisation.

If your organisation doesn’t offer room to grow, be proactive in seeking that more senior position. Tailor your CV and cover letter to highlight your achievements, leadership qualities, and relevant experience. During interviews, articulate your vision, show passion for the company's goals, and illustrate how your expertise aligns with the role. Confidence, adaptability, and a strong track record will help you stand out as the ideal candidate for a senior position.

Emotional intelligence essential for managing teams

Another thing to consider, and many don’t realise this, but emotional intelligence plays a significant role in more senior positions. The ability to understand and manage your emotions, and those of others, is essential for effective communication and building strong teams. It’s essential to cultivate empathy, active listening, and conflict resolution skills to enhance your emotional intelligence and demonstrate your suitability for a senior role.

Proactively progress your career and take a step up

In conclusion, landing a more senior position or getting a promotion, requires a combination of self-assessment, continuous learning, leadership development, networking, and consistent high performance. By setting clear goals and dedicating yourself to personal and professional growth, you can position yourself as an ideal candidate for advancement within the company.

Remember, the journey to a more senior position might require time and effort, but with persistence and determination you will get there.

And one final tip, maybe the most important one of all – you must always maintain a positive mental attitude no matter what! Always believe in yourself and the direction you are heading… do that, and follow the steps in this blog and you can and WILL achieve your career aspirations and reach new heights in your professional life.

If your ready to proactively take that next step in your career, either browse our jobs on our website, or alternatively upload your CV and we’ll be happy to help. 

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