10 Tips To Climb To The Top Of Your Career

10/06/2011 06:05 pm ET | Updated Dec 06, 2011

The corporate ladder can be very unstable, so we rounded up some of the best on-the-job advice to help you keep moving up.

1. Act Like a Boss

Consistently step up whenever you have the opportunity to take charge. An unstable economy offers sporadic chances for upward mobility — if your manager is fired, you should make a move immediately. Bob Calandra, coauthor of How to Keep Your Job in a Tough Competitive Market, provides this script: "I'm not looking to be promoted, but I also recognize no one wants chaos. I know the ins and outs of my boss's job, so feel free to tap me for any of her work while we're in this transitional phase." Don't appear as though you expect something in return, and you might just get it.

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