How To Climb The Corporate Ladder, When There's Competition


Climbing the corporate ladder isn’t easy. Especially co-workers can make one’s life tough. Just because they smile in your face doesn’t have to mean that they want to see you succeed. Everyone wants to make it, but the system isn’t designed for everyone to achieve their goals. Some people have to fail, so make sure you’re not one of them.

Everyone Wants To Be The Best 

Everyone Wants To Be The Best

They want to see you do good, but not better than them. As an employed future engineer, I work with many professionals. They are way more experienced than me and definitely have better professional competences. In other words, the current professionals are able to teach the next generation a lot. Instead of wasting a lot of time looking for obvious answers, they could just tell me how things have to be done. School is my problem, but at work, they could make things much easier for me. The big question is why don’t they do it? I’ve come to the following conclusion:

  1. Nobody struggles to reach a certain status and is ready to help others achieve the same goal with less struggle and less effort.
  2. The youngster might surpass the seniors and take over their jobs.
  3. Some professionals just don’t care.

Become A Key Figure

Become A Key Figure

“So what can I do if I want to climb the corporate ladder and get a salary raise?”, is the question that you’re probably asking yourself. I can’t tell what to do, but I can tell you what I did. I had to make sure that my supervisor noticed & appreciated my importance for the company:

  • Since I knew where my boss parked his car and when he used to start his shift, I purposely came earlier than him and always took his parking slot or parked next to him. The person in charge has to know who you are. This is a good way to get noticed.
  • I participated in all important projects and rarely took breaks, while other employees didn’t show interest or tried to avoid certain tasks.
  • I made sure that I was the first person to walk into the office but also the last one to leave. Again, become valuable.
  • I didn’t spend a minute talking with my co-workers about anything other than work.
  • I made sure that everyone noticed that I was super busy. Here’s an example; Never just crawl through the corridor, walk fast. This indicates that you’re in a rush and it also blocks people from starting conversations with you.
  • Make sure you talk with all the important people. Why? Because whenever project leaders have to contact someone, it will be you. No one likes to explain difficult tasks to people who aren’t involved in the project.

How To Climb

Follow my advice and you’ll become important. However, this isn’t how to climb the ladder. The hard part is how to eliminate competitors. I found out that most of our co-workers were not motivated at all. since they already had a degree and were studying in a university to get their second degree, this time however in a different field, I knew that all I had to do was present them an easy way to leave their current job once they graduate.

So I googled all possibilities and educated myself in terms of the job-market. After I knew what kind of jobs would fit their imagination, I started talking about these jobs. It didn’t take long and the first person started asking me which companies are hiring. I talked about one company that I was sure would be looking for people and two months later, he had quit his job. Another expert even left a month before him. Our supervisor was forced to replace them. The new employees who took over their jobs needed help in the projects, so they contacted me. I received new responsibilities, which enabled me to request a raise. The rest is history.

There are things you should never do to get a raise, climb the corporate ladder or strengthen the bond between you and our boss. Never do the following:

  • Never gossip in a company. Say things straight into people’s faces, but telling the boss what people say about him or her won’t make your supervisor like you.
  • Don’t tell people how busy you are. They will notice. Just do your thing.
  • Don’t spend more time at work than others and be less productive than them. This will make people doubt your performance.
  • Never ask for a raise without being able to present facts that justify your request.
  • Don’t do the minimum and expect the maximum.
Selby Webb

Co-founder, Editor and Head of Marketing of SuccessField

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