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7 Steps to moving up the ladder in an agency

We've all heard stories about how someone started their career in a junior role within a company, only to work their way up to becoming the Chief Executive in a relatively short period. But how do people make such great strides up the corporate ladder?

Posted by Grant Dixon, Wednesday November 3 2021

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We've all heard stories about how someone started their career in a junior role within a company, only to work their way up to becoming the Chief Executive in a relatively short period.

But how do people make such great strides up the corporate ladder?

Career progression rarely looks the same for everyone but actively demonstrating your commitment to your career is essential, regardless of whether you take a traditional or non-traditional route.

At Reuben Sinclair, we can give you tangible strategies that will help you open the right doors to get where you want to be. Here are seven steps to moving up the ladder in your agency.

1. Think like a leader

Meetings with department or company leaders can be intimidating, but if you consistently demonstrate an understanding of the organisation and showcase your expertise in the best possible light, you'll find it much easier to make the right impression and establish yourself as someone that can be trusted.

A few critical skills are required here, including treating everyone in the room as a person and not adjusting your behaviour based on their role. Additionally, you will always be taken more seriously when speaking confidently, so never underplay your skills, even if you feel a bit nervous.

2. Ask for guidance and advice

It can be challenging to stand out in a competitive agency environment, but that doesn’t mean it’s everyone for themselves. If you’re serious about your career progression, you should make your goals clear to your line manager. Ask them what they need to see from you in order to feel confident, have what it takes to secure a promotion, or take on more challenging roles.

Finding someone who can mentor and guide you will stand you in good stead through every step of your career. One day, you will be in the position to return the favour to those individuals who are just starting out on their career journey.

3. Highlight significant wins                                                                           

Although there's a fine line between bragging and emphasising your successes, you should feel confident walking into every meeting or review with a selection of examples that clearly explain how you are making a tangible difference to the organisation. Keep a success file detailing your key wins and the quantifiable outcomes each one delivered.

4. Identify efficiencies

Business owners and management teams are always looking for ways to save time, resources and money. If you design and implement a new process, reporting structure or anything else that will make the business more efficient, your supervisors will take note. Highlight your work to your manager, being sure to set out precisely what you have created and how it will help.

5. Maximise your availability

You shouldn’t be working yourself into the ground, but instead, focus on implementing an organised inbox structure that allows you to reply to messages and questions quickly and efficiently. Even if you aren't in a position to give a detailed response at the moment, sending a quick note that you have received the email and will reply within a particular timeframe will emphasise that you're engaged with your role and are a reliable point of contact.

6. Understand the broader goals of your agency

If you understand what your firm wants to achieve, you can learn how to position yourself to ensure that you're always at the heart of the campaigns securing funding and the strategies that management teams are keeping a close eye on.


7. Work hard

Although this might sound like a self-explanatory tip, you would be surprised at just how many employees are comfortable doing the bare minimum when it comes to their roles, yet also wonder why they are always passed over when promotion decisions are being made. From perfecting your pitches to consistently going above and beyond to impress clients, working hard will always pay off in the end.

If there aren't any progressive moves on the horizon at your current agency, Reuben Sinclair can provide you with the opportunities, guidance and support you need to develop and thrive professionally. Call us on 020 3826 1206 or email enquiries@reuben-sinclair.com to start the next stage of your career journey.

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