How To Progress Your Career & Not Get Stuck In A Rut

Progressing up the career ladder is no easy feat. Almost everywhere you turn, and every advancement you try to make seems to come up with some form of obstacle that pushes you right back to square one. Sometimes, it’s hard to stay motivated, especially when the whole world seems to be working against the idea of your progress and it seems so easy to give up and get stuck in a rut.

Sound familiar? Here’s what you need to do to make sure that doesn’t happen anymore.

Look For Similar Opportunities

The job you’re currently in now may seem like a dead-end job where the chances to progress are minimal. However, the job you’re in isn’t the only job like it. There are millions of jobs out there, and the chances are that there’s one similar to the one you’re working in now.

“Be proactive in searching, follow similar companies on social media and get the word out that you’re looking for a new job. Do some research with your free time and you’re sure to find an opportunity where you can progress” says Jon Dewar, a resume editor for Australian Help.

Change Your Routine & Work Habits

When it comes to your current job, you may actually like where you are now, but it still feels restrictive and unprogressive. However, that doesn’t mean that things can’t change to make the situation better for you, especially if it means you can avoid falling into a rut.

Simon Draper, a human resource manager for UK Writings, says, “Asking your boss for a raise, getting onto a training and progression plan, making your schedule flexible or even the opportunity to work from home are all options available to you.”

Keep Your CV Updated

You never know when the ideal opportunity is going to present itself to you and you can never be sure how long that opportunity is going to wait for you. In terms of career progression and grabbing opportunities, it’s vital that you keep your CV updated at all times, so you’re ready when that dream job offer comes your way.

To make this easy, or to have it updated on your behalf, you can use CV building tools like Resumention.

Master The Art Of Writing Cover Letters

Hand in hand with the consideration above, cover letters have never been more important than they are in this day and age, so mastering writing them can open up so many doors when it comes to progressing your career.

This may mean you need to improve your general writing skills, but this can be easily done using tools and writing guides like State of Writing.

Improve Your Writing Skills

Hand in hand with both considerations above, you’d be surprised at just how many more opportunities you have by improving your writing skills, not just for CVs and cover letters but for everything.

Consider how many emails, instant messages, reports, letters and other forms of media you write every single day. 

By enhancing your writing abilities, you could write an email that makes your boss go ‘wow, this guy knows what he’s doing’, and you never know where that might lead. 

Take It One Step At A Time

Of course, many of us want to jump right at the top first. However, when you’re climbing a cliff, you don’t jump to the top, you take it one step at a time. Do the same when it comes to progressing your career and getting yourself out of a rut.


As you can see, even if you feel like you’re starting to get stuck in a rut, or if you’re already there, there are plenty of things you can do to get yourself back on your feet and move on up the career ladder.

Author's Bio

Brenda Berg is a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. She's a consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. You can visit her personal blog at