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From Employee to Supervisor: Climb the Career Ladder with These 7 Tips

March 17th, 2017

After working and excelling in a position for a certain amount of time, the next logical step for many employees is to look towards becoming a supervisor. While supervisor positions are available every now and then, the majority of supervisors are promoted from existing employees with a natural knack for leadership and already demonstrating success in their current position. If you are looking to climb the career ladder by becoming a supervisor, check out these seven tips to help you get there!

  1. Be vocal. Let your aspirations be known! If you eventually want to become a supervisor, speak up and discuss it with your manager. Not only will they be able to help train and groom you for the position, but when a position for supervisor does open up, you will be at the forefront of their mind.
  2. Demonstrate leadership. Being a supervisor requires more than just knowing the ins and outs of the job; it requires strong leadership and people-management skills, too. Display confidence and always lend a helping hand to your teammates!
  3. Sharpen your skills. Once you become a supervisor, your responsibilities will quickly grow and your downtime will drastically decrease. Because of this, it is important to take the time now to really hone your skills to make sure you are ready to step up to the plate when the time comes!
  4. Mentor others. The best way to show you will make a great leader is to begin leading! Ask your manager if opportunities exist within the company to mentor other employees or help them develop their own skills.
  5. Prove your worth. Now is the time to put your ambition in action! Schedule a meeting with your boss and provide concrete numbers of what you have contributed to your team and work together to determine which skills you still need to develop.
  6. Seek feedback. Approach your boss and co-workers for a performance assessment. This will help you acknowledge your strengths, challenges and areas for growth.
  7. Work towards goals. Once you’ve put your plans in place for your path to becoming a supervisor, it’s time to begin working towards your goals. Even if your manager cannot provide a date when you could be promoted, it is still important to set incremental goals for your own professional development to ensure you will be ready when the time comes!

Setting a goal to become a supervisor is an excellent step in your career path! One of the best ways to work on professional development is to partner with an experienced staffing firm that is well-versed in what it takes to climb the career ladder internally or externally. For more information on how to advance your career in Odessa, TX, contact 1st Staffing Group today!

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