en

Services

We understand that no two organisations are the same. Find out more about how we've customised our recruitment offerings to help companies in Hong Kong meet their needs.

Read more
Jobs

Let our industry specialists listen to your aspirations and present your story to the organisations in Hong Kong that fit you the best as we collaborate to write the next chapter of your successful career.

See all jobs
Candidates

Together, we’ll map out career-defining, life-changing pathways to achieve your career ambitions. Browse our range of services, advice, and resources.

Learn more
Services

We understand that no two organisations are the same. Find out more about how we've customised our recruitment offerings to help companies in Hong Kong meet their needs.

Read more
About Robert Walters Hong Kong

Since our establishment in 1997, our belief remains the same: Building strong relationships with people is vital in a successful partnership.

Learn more

Work for us

Our people are the difference. Hear stories from our people to learn more about a career at Robert Walters Hong Kong

Learn more

Making it into management

The corporate sector can be highly competitive. If you have been working hard and not getting the promotion you feel you deserve, you may need to adopt a more strategic approach to your career development. Here are some tips on building enduring success that will mean you are stepping up to the top spot in no time.

Make yourself indispensable

Working more strategically is about playing to your strengths, ensuring the work that you do gets noticed and being a good employee. Does your boss always rely on you? Do they turn to you frequently for help and suggestions? Are you making them look good? If not, work out ways that you can be of more help – identify your strengths and put your hand up for specific projects that you know you can do well. If you are already being assigned high-level work, it is probably because your management feels that you are the most capable person for the job, and all you really need to focus on is proving that your boss is right to believe in you and adopt a positive attitude at all times.

Be professional

Bosses ultimately want someone they can trust to do a job for them. If you are professional, credible and work in the best interests of the organisation, then they will rely on you to take on managerial positions. No matter how much some internal processes may frustrate you, it’s essential to always remain professional and demonstrate how calm you can act under pressure. Rest assured that once you do reach management level, there will be many more daily frustrations that you will need to manage and deal with effectively.

It is not advisable to rush into a managerial position simply for better remuneration or because it looks good on your CV.

Track your successes

Promotions are not due to the time you have spent in a role but rather, whether you have performed well and are deserving of them. Most bosses want to ensure that the people who are rising up the ranks are able to deliver and have a track record of success. Be proactive and ask for milestones so that once you have achieved them, you are able to point out your accomplishments. Learning to take credit tactfully when it is due will help you climb that ladder more quickly.

Learn as much as you can

While you are at a more junior level, this is a great chance to learn from others who are more experienced than you. Identify the strengths in leaders who you admire and try to replicate those qualities yourself when you do move into the top spot. Put your hand up for training courses and any new projects that will help to expand your skill set. If your workload isn't very heavt, this could also be a good time to undertake post-graduate study that is relevant to your career development.

Plan ahead

It is not advisable to rush into a managerial position simply for better remuneration or because it looks good on your CV, as this will just be setting yourself up for failure. Draw yourself up a career plan and make sure you feel ready when you do accept a management role. Management often comes with serious responsibilities, and you need to be ready to take charge of other people’s careers. We have all seen examples of bad managers and sometimes this is down to quick promotions or a lack of understanding of what it takes to lead.

 

Share this article

Useful links

Sign up for job alerts
Salary Survey
Career Advice
Get in touch

Find out more by contacting one of our specialist recruitment consultants

Related content

View all

How to build a strong commercial mindset at workplace

The last year saw both companies and employees to evolve and adapt to face uncertain situations. As we look towards 2023, it is important for professionals to take the time to realign their mindset towards growth and look at the infinite opportunities available. Commercial awareness is one of the mo

Read More

How to get an overseas internal transfer

Landing that job internationally can be a career defining turn for many people. It comes with its own merits and challenges, but the process to get the job is not that straightforward. It involves meticulous planning which starts months in advance and being all eyes and ears on the next best opportu

Read More

How to boost your internal profile at work

Are you ready for the next career step within your current employer or are you looking to be given more responsibilities in your current position? When on the lookout for a new challenge, making sure you are visible within your organisation can be a crucial way to ensure you’re first in line when fu

Read More

I'm Robert Walters, Are you?

Come join our global team of creative thinkers, problem solvers and game changers. We offer accelerated career progression, a dynamic culture and expert training.