Creating a Career Ladder – Where Do You Want to Be in 5 years. And HOW Will You Get There?


Spectrum Staffing is one of the top job agencies in NJ because we truly care about understanding job seekers’ professional goals. To make progress in accomplishing goals, a strategic plan is necessary to ensure you’re taking the right actions. A career ladder refers to the upward steps in increasing your responsibility and ranking, and can serve as a tool to help you get to where you want to be in the long-term. Here’s how to get started creating a career ladder:


Brainstorm to figure out your preferences, goals, passions, and current skills and proficiencies. This will help you narrow down what you want out of your career and what types of positions for which you are best suited. Performing a self-assessment gives you a foundation from which to build upon to develop your career ladder.

Possible Options

Explore the job options at varying levels that align with your overall career goals. For example, in some fields, you’ll need to get your foot in the door as an assistant or working in a part-time or other lower level before you can move up. If you’re unsure of where to start, look into the backgrounds of people whose careers you aspire to in order to get an idea of the different pathways you could pursue.

Gap Analysis

Take a look at your current work experience and accomplishments so far to see if there are any areas in which you are lacking if you wish to progress in your career. Common gaps include not having necessary education or certification or hands-on experience in an area crucial for moving up in your industry or role.


To move forward, take the information you’ve gathered and create strategic plans. It may be easier to start at your ultimate five-year goal and work backwards to figure out the individual steps you’ll need to take. For example, if you aspire to be at a director level in five years but are currently an individual contributor, you’ll need to take steps to gain experience with supervising others. Specific strategies to do so may include: volunteering for new projects, setting up a meeting to express your goals to your boss, and applying for a manager role.


Keep yourself accountable for climbing your career ladder by mapping out a timeline for each of the steps. You may find yourself falling behind at times, but it will at least keep you focused and motivated to think long term and not get so caught up in the day-to-day that you don’t take the necessary steps to achieve your goals. Having a timeline in place can also help you make decisions on if/when to change employers.

Make progress climbing up your career ladder by teaming up with Spectrum Staffing. As one of the most experienced job agencies in NJ, Spectrum Staffing brings 25 years of experience matching candidates with the available opportunities from our clients. Get started today – search our current available positions.

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