Many people go into a new job with fire and energy, ready to achieve great things. Are you one of those people who goes gangbusters, ready to conquer the world when you start a new job? Once the newness wears off, do you become complacent and it becomes just a job? How do you stay invigorated and challenged in your job? Here are 4 things you should keep in mind if you want to make a difference in your job.
1. Where You Work is Important
Today a job should not be just a job. It should be an extension of your goals and who you want to be as a person. Are we all in our perfect job right off that bat? Certainly not. It takes time, but if you treat every job like it is important to you, you can move into the “Dream Job” much faster. Your mentor or employer will teach you everything you need to know and more, if they see you are hungry to learn.
2. Looking Busy is Not Necessarily a Good Thing
How do you approach your daily tasks? Do you look like a frazzled mess trying to get through your to-do list? Often people think looking busy is smart and will help them jump ahead of others in the work place. This is not always true. People who are confident take the to-dos and try to work through them in an efficient and effective manner and not let the workload overwhelm them. Remember your work is a part of you. It should be something you enjoy and work hard at and then move on to other parts of your life. Work does not totally define the person.
3. Don’t hide your failures
We all have downfalls and mistakes at work. Do not be afraid to admit where your weaknesses lie. The more you acknowledge weaknesses, the sooner you can improve on them to make yourself better and more efficient in your job. You need to be able to take risks to move ahead, and if it works great, but if it doesn’t you need to own the downfall with confidence. The more willing you are to put yourself out there, the more you will gain credibility.
4. Don’t settle for good enough
Being good at your job is great but if you want to move up the ladder to a better job, you need to work at being great. Going the extra mile to add value to the company is essential for promotion to upper levels of management. It really is common sense to work hard, strive to make your position better, and look for ways to add value to the company. You are not recognized for doing your job, but recognized for making things happen in your job and company.
When you are looking at your goals in your current job or new job, remember you are the one who can make a difference in your career. You need to take charge at your job and make things happen so you add value. These tips are a few to help you advance in your job and your career.
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