10 Reasons Why You Are Struggling To Climb The Career Ladder

Some people are happy and content at the level they are at and have no aspirations to go further. On the other hand there are many who have a real desire to go further but are struggling to move forward. So why is this? Here are 10 reasons why you might be struggling.

    Reason 1: You Don’t Really Want It Enough

    Everyone wants the rewards that go with climbing the career ladder. At the same time, many don’t want to put in place the work to make it happen. Wishing is not enough; you have to have real desire.

    Reason 2: You Don’t Invest The Time

    If you were going to make a major purchase, I am pretty sure like most of us you would put in the time and energy to do your research before you bought. Deciding to hire someone is a major buying decision. If you are not willing to put the time in to find the right role, why should you be given a chance?

    Reason 3: You Don’t Know Yourself

    What I mean by this is that you don’t have at your fingertips real insights into what you do really well and what you need to develop to become even better. The truth is it is not difficult to do and is the way to unlock your hidden gems.

    Reason 4: You Underestimate Your Achievements

    People often in resumes and CVs fail to include achievements because they feel they are not big enough. If they are relevant, include them.

    Reason 5: Your Written Materials Are Passive

    When I was working in big organisations, and even today when working with my clients on their written materials, I often come across CVs and Resumes that are simply too passive and don’t grab my attention.

    Reason 6: You Don’t Invest In Yourself

    If you look at what differentiates successful from the less successful, the chances are that you will notice that those who get the best results invest in themselves. The challenges are just too big these days to make continued professional and personal development optional.

    Reason 7: You Don’t Act On Feedback

    If you have been interviewed for a role and you were unsuccessful, you can usually get feedback. Many people might go through the motions of getting feedback. Smart people will actively seek it out and act on it.

    Reason 8: You Don’t Have A Strategy

    A strategy is not something set in stone. Of course it needs to be flexible. At the same time, if you have something written down and actively monitor progress you are more likely to achieve it.

    Reason 9: You Make Short Term Decisions

    So often I see people lured by money or a quick gain into making choices that are great short term but detrimental to long term success.

    Reason 10: You Don’t Bounce Back From Setbacks

    We all get rejected from time to time. It’s not the rejection that is the issue, it is how you respond to it that matters. Learn to see setbacks as being part and parcel of being more successful.

The Bottom Line: Climbing the career ladder is a marathon, not a sprint, so make sure you set yourself up for success.

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps professional people to realise their professional potential and maximise their earnings. He invites you to sign up for his free audio masterclass at https://goalsandachievements.co.uk/careerladder/

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Sales Trainer says 18 August 2011

Good post Duncan.

I climbed the career ladder but got stuck with a couple of rungs to go in reaching the pinnacle.

What I now realise is that I failed on your items 1, 7 and 10.

One other reason that may be added to the list is that some people are just too open and vocal for their own good. Maybe that was the sales man in me wanting to get my point across. I was often told that wearing my heart on my sleeve stopped me from progressing to the highest level. See, I am doing it again, telling all my little emotional secrets!

Keeping your emotions in check at the top level is a valuable characteristic for career progression.

Good job I have calmed down since!

Any other limiting reasons out there for career progression?


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