Achieve at Your Highest Level and Always Know What to Expect

Although the job market in the US is improving, competition for jobs is fierce. In recent years the number of jobs hasn’t increased in proportion to the number of job seekers, which leads to the reason why achieving at a high level is warranted. The meaning of high achiever in this context can be related to one’s own desire and abilities. Desire is key to learning how to achieve, and applying that learning to honing one’s ability to rise higher in terms of position and rank within a company is a goal to always have in mind. This goal is only half of the eventual prize, however. Another important part of goal setting is knowing exactly what is expected of you as you progress in your job.

Virtually all employers have in place certain levels of achievement that act as progress markers to indicate higher levels of proficiency. As you progress through each level, expectations by the employer increase. Of course, this is a normal occurrence and should be welcomed if you’re striving for a higher level within the company. In fact, satisfactorily attaining different levels within a company are considered as a basis for continued employment in many organizations.

Typically organizations have levels of authority that are not autonomous in and of themselves but are designed as effective parts of a system that when considered as a whole, make up an entire department of a company or sometimes, the company itself. As an example, consider an IT firm tasked with the responsibility of designing, constructing, implementing, and monitoring a large company database. Each part or level of the IT department is responsible for a certain function that ties in directly with the finished product. Different functions require different skill sets to accomplish the task at hand. The particular skill sets are attained by meeting certain stringent certification requirements and are indicative of one’s ability and desire. To help maintain fluidity within the IT department, it is usually expected that each employee continually strive to achieve more certifications and knowledge. The certifications are an important yardstick by which IT employees are measured and are used when considering employees for more important positions.

Management positions within organizations typically have levels of responsibility that increase with each upward promotion. From entry level to executive, persons in these positions are expected to take the initiative to broaden their knowledge of the position with the expectation of promotion to a higher level. Of course, experience in each position gained along the way is crucial for a promotion, but it needs to be understood that achieving higher education and experience usually results in a delayed reward. Once your education is complete, your perceived potential by your superiors will increase the likelihood that you will be viewed as a candidate for the higher position. However, don’t be disappointed if the new position doesn’t materialize as soon as your education is complete.

Consistent effort on the part of the employee to achieve a higher position is of course expected, but sometimes being overzealous in that pursuit can damage your chances of attaining a higher level in the company. This type of behavior is often seen as disingenuous to coworkers and even to management that may result in your being passed over for a promotion. This can easily be avoided simply by following a systematic approach tailored to a specific position. Knowing exactly what is expected of you during your upward movement is key to achieving your goal. Equally important in this endeavor is to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to maintain the position without overdoing it. Attempting to perform at a higher level when you’re not qualified can also hurt your chances for upward mobility. An example of this is often seen in financial career fields. These positions offer high pay and prestige, but much is expected of you in return. Not only must you have the required advanced degrees, but also several years of experience in a particular specialized area. The expectations to achieve this level of income and responsibility are commensurate with the position, along with the requirement to maintain a high level of competency on a consistent basis.

Maintaining a high level of energy and desire are key ingredients for succeeding in today’s competitive job market. It may seem daunting at times, but while you are working to achieve your goals, knowing what is expected of you each step of the way will make your journey easier and more rewarding. The requirements for continued employment that companies place on their employees are there to ensure each person in the organization will do their part to help the company achieve its goals. The premise behind this mentality is if every employee actively participates in the company’s growth, the company will then have the resources to continue providing a worthwhile career path for its employees.