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06/14/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

5 Ways to Boost Your Career

Ever notice how some people just seem to always get the timely promotions and the plum assignments, while others don't? People who succeed in their careers typically focus on a few areas that get noticed by senior management and these pave the way for frequent raises and promotions.

So what are the "career boosters"?

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Delivering Consistent Results: Always strive for significant results in every position you are in. The more you are able to demonstrate measurable results, the more you will enhance your ability to be noticed and in line for a promotion. As recruiters, we are always looking for people who have been able to generate results in whatever position they have been assigned. And the sooner they make the impact, the better. An SVP of Marketing at a Fortune 500 company figured out a way to get an early "win" when she started out at the company. That made her their golden girl because she started in the position so strongly.

Making Smart Decisions: Business people who know how to make smart, well thought out decisions are valued in any organization. Senior management loves to see someone who can walk into their office or a major meeting and present a solid rationale for doing something. Doing the right thing at the right time is what makes for leaders.

Providing Strong Leadership: Every organization values a leader who can set a vision, a strategy and rally people around wanting to accomplish that goal. A COO at a leading company attributes his rapid rise through the ranks to his ability to lead people. His career skyrocketed at Universal Studios not just because he was an expert is certain areas, but because he knew how to motivate people to deliver results. Because of that, even though he was a marketer, he was put in charge of operations, sales and IT. He later left Universal to become a COO.

Working Collaboratively: This is the yin and the yang. Take a stand on your position while also considering other people's points of view. It's important for people to feel heard and usually collaboration results in the best decision. So much of what you do is done through other people that you want to keep them motivated to work on your projects.

Prudent risk-taking: Organizations move ahead by taking prudent risks. Any new product introduction or change in corporate strategy involves some risk. To advance your career, you need to be seen as someone who knows what needs to be done to take the organization to the next level and can assess the risks involved to all stakeholders affected by the decision. Careful analysis of the probability of gain and the severity of loss - including real attention to the human cost - is key.

If you can consistently incorporate these elements into how you approach each position, you will distinguish yourself from the competition and provide a boost to your career.

Fred & Gladys
Whelan Stone
Executive Search and Coaching
Authors of GOAL! Your 30 Day Career Plan for Business & Career Success