Stand out on the job
If you want to move forward in your career and be considered for positions of greater responsibility, it's important not only to perform at your best, but to make sure your boss notices you doing so. Here are a few tips to help get you regarded as somebody who can make a valuable contribution at all levels.
- The best place to start is with your job description - Compare what it says you are supposed to be doing to what you are actually doing
- Understand and manage expectations - Communicate frequently with your supervisor/manager about the expectations with regard to project deadlines and deliverables
- Be reliable and dependable – Be on time whether for work or returning from breaks, call in or email ahead of time if you are late or absent, stay organized and do what you say you'll do
- Listen & learn from colleagues - Request feedback from people you are working with, if appropriate
- Communicate effectively - Whether it’s verbal or written, communicating ideas and other messages is a must in the workplace as this can differentiate you as a professional
- Ask questions - In addition to effective communication, it is also important to know when to ask questions about additional details regarding project requirements or new assignments
- Display a positive attitude – It is important to remain calm and professional even during stressful and challenging situations
- Take initiative - Complete meaningful tasks, contribute to the team and make sure you are not stepping on someone else’s position
- Reflect on your performance - Prepare a list of areas for development and set goals for the coming period
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