12 Career Progression Hacks - The ULTIMATE list!

12 Career Progression Hacks - The ULTIMATE list!

Somebody recently asked me, “What advice would you give if somebody wanted to step up and land their next six figure role?” 

And I found myself coming up with one tip after another so I decided to share them with you. So, let's dive in. 

Number 1. Stop procrastinating! 

So many people procrastinate about where they want to go and what they want to do and it's all too overwhelming, so they stop altogether and don't move forward.

But here's the thing. If you don't move forward, you move backward. Take action now!

Number 2. Start establishing a network. 

Don't think networking is simply networking events, which is great, by the way, but it's also talking to the right internal stakeholders, the right external stakeholders and using

LinkedIn as a platform to raise your profile. Build those relationships!

Number 3. Stop thinking your resume is the only problem. 

Your resume is just a part, granted, an important part, but you need to start by having a personal brand and a strategy.

Organise a free call with me for some ideas.

Number 4. Think about what you want from your peers. 

This is so important if you want to feel fulfilled, valued and respected in your workplace.

If you want projects you thrive in and to get paid what you're worth. 

Think about what you expect from the company, your colleagues and your boss. At the core of this is your values and how you want them to be represented. 

Number 5. Don’t only think about your career when you’re job searching. 

Your career is a huge part of your life and you need to be intentional in thinking about how it will affect your life as a whole.

It needs to be a continuous process that will benefit your life now and in the future. 

Number 6. Don’t take your skills and experience for granted. 

I work with people with over 15 years experience and so many of them devalue their skills.

They don't see what they have achieved in their career because they assume everybody does the same thing. 

You have certain skills you use at various times with various stakeholders. That combination makes what you offer unique. 

Number 7. Stand up for yourself. 

Nobody else will! And if by chance someone does, it's probably because they pity you.

So, be strong in what you believe in and if that matches with your company they will elevate you and if not, you’re probably not where you’re meant to be.

Number 8. Stop getting underpaid. 

Your pay is a reflection of not only the value your employers have of you, but also the value they put on the role, so if you're underpaid, there’s a disconnect.

You've put in the hard work and expect recognition, but the role isn’t valued as highly as it would be were there a higher salary attached to it.

Negotiate that pay rise!

Number 9. Reflect. 

Take stock of your career. People don't stop to assess, “Is my career heading in the direction I want?” “Is this getting me to my goal?”

They’re no longer intentional about their career. So, stop, reflect and if you’re not where you want to be, or if you’re not even heading there, take action.

Number 10. Know your worth. 

You have more to offer than your boss thinks, because most of the time people don't sell themselves.

They underestimate their capability. Show your boss what you’re doing every day and don’t fly under the radar.

Number 11. Learn communication skills. 

You might be great at communicating externally, but when it comes down to selling yourself, most people really struggle to keep it concise and articulate clearly why somebody should hire or promote them. 

Number 12. Don't attach yourself. 

Let go of things that don't serve you, because they will stand in the way of your ideal career progression. 

Even if you implement one or two of these hacks, you will see a massive difference in the progress of your career.

If you want to find out more, download my free The Six Figure Career Plan.

It's a great plan that gives you all the pieces of the puzzle and in it I will also give you an example of a template on how to draught your elevator pitch, because nothing is more important than your message and how you formulate it. 

I also share the six figure resume template, which is highly valuable if you want to step up to your next leadership role, especially if you're looking externally.

Thirdly, I'll share a couple of strategies on how to raise your profile from manager to leader.

This is really important because, even if you have a leadership title, it could still be that you're stuck in that managerial task and you want to evolve and do the strategic work.

So, download that, or even better, book a free strategy call with me. I’ll give you 30 minutes of my time and we’ll gain an understanding of where you're at, where you want to be and any roadblocks standing in your way.

We will create a strategy and if you decide you want to take an extensive look at how we can give you the very best opportunities, we can take the next step.

And if not, this will be the best 30 minutes you have spent on your career for a while. 


Hi, I'm Caroline De Kimpe, Career & Leadership Coach and founder of The Career Success Program (https://www.newhorizoncoaching.com.au/the-career-success-group-program/).

I'm an Executive Recruiter and Senior HR Professional turned Career & Leadership Coach.

My speciality? I help professionals, like you,  land their next 6-figure leadership role where they feel challenged, fulfilled and get the financial rewards they deserve by helping them build their confidence, raise their profile and stand out from the crowd.

My career expertise has been featured in The Daily Telegraph, Marie Claire and Leaders In Heels.


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