For many women, the goal is to climb the corporate ladder. Becoming part of the executive team is a great goal that many aspire to accomplish. However, that goal may not always be easy to achieve. Especially for those who are more on the shy side. Lets be honest. Those who often tend to go up in the corporate world are often those who are bold and confident. Those who are not afraid to speak up and make a way for themselves.
It takes a strong woman to demand her place and get a spot among the executives in the corporate world. Doing your job well isn’t enough anymore. Managers will rarely notice the shy girl who does her job well. They will notice the one who when she walks in the office, she looks like she owns the place. The one who speaks up at meetings. The one who takes initiative and says it how it is. Does that mean that all is lost if you’re a shy girl? Not necessarily! There are many things you can do to get your voice heard and climb that corporate ladder! So, we’ve prepare our Top 5 Tips on How the Shy Girl in You Can Climb the Corporate Ladder. Read up! It could be more useful then you think!
1. Promote what you know
We all have something we’re good at. Whether it’s your insane organization skills or how to work a spread sheet, you have your strong suit. So built on it. Showcase it and show your superiors your best assets. An opportunity comes up for you to promote your strongest points? Grab it! Go above and beyond. And make sure your managers are aware. That way, when a promotion comes up for something you would excel at, you’ll be sure to be remembered as the girl with the insane skills.
2. Start building strategic relationships that can help you in your career
Often, the person who gets the job is because of a person they know who knows someone. So why not be that person? You have your eye on a position that you know you would be great at? Find out who works in that department. Get in touch with the hiring manager. If you see them in the hallway or in line at the cafeteria, start up a conversation. Start with small talk and introduce yourself. Tell them where you would see yourself professionally. Keep things light and simple. Something along the lines of “You work in marketing right? I always thought you guys did a great job for so and so. I actually studied in marketing and would love to work in it but nothing’s come up yet…”. Short and sweet. Believe me, when there is an opening, your name will be remembered.
3. Create a Victory Log
It can be hard as a shy person to loose confidence in themselves. Thinking they are not good enough or that they don’t deserve the promotion are often thoughts that go through their mind. So, why not take the time to create a victory log. If your goal is to climb the corporate ladder, then there’s a part of you that believes you can get there and that you are good enough. Therefore, take the time to write down your accomplishment. Grab a notebook and everytime you do something successfully, write it down. Take a note. That way, when you start feeling down and start second guessing yourself, grab that notebook and read everything you accomplished. It will boost up your confidence and have you feeling better in no time. Reading ones accomplishment can go a long way in making one feel better and building up ones confidence.
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4. Get a mentor
Is there someone at work who you see yourself in? Someone who has successfully climbed the corporate ladder and you aspire to become them one day? Ask them to become your mentor. Often, organisations provide mentorship opportunities and are recognized for them. By having a mentor, you can build a strong relationship with them and you can get the help and support you need to go up in the corporate world. They can give you expert advice on how to overcome your challenges and what steps you need to take to become successful in your career.
5. Stop listening to that negative voice inside your head that keeps putting you down!
Everyone has that little voice inside their head that keeps telling them they are not good enough. It’s time we stopped listening to it. In many cases, you are creating your own obstacles by listening to that voice inside of you. So, stop listening to it and believe that you are good enough. If you’ve gotten this far in your life then it means that you do have what it takes. So stop creating your own obstacles and go after what you want. Because guess what? You are good enough and you deserve it!