In today’s workplace, just showing up and doing your job adequately is not enough. You must go above and beyond your job duties to be recognized as an invaluable member of your organization. Below are 5 tips to ensure your career success in any economy.
1. Be indispensable
Take the time to learn your job functions extremely well so that you become an expert. For example, if you job requires you to know how to use a complex software system, try to know as much as you can about it. You will eventually be the go-to person whenever someone has questions or problems on using it.
2. Go the extra mile
My motto at work is to under promise and over deliver. If you tell your boss that you will get a project done by the end of the week and actually complete it earlier, your boss will be impressed. If you have free time, ask other people around you if they need any help. Volunteer to work on projects and tasks that no one wants to do. When you are given an important task, do it to the best of your abilities and get it done quick. You will soon develop a reputation as someone who is dependable and get the job done fast.
3. Be a team player
Most projects at work require more than one person to get it done. If you learn how to work well in a team, you will be be tapped for opportunities to participate in bigger and more important projects. Getting along with your colleagues is absolutely crucial if you want to be successful at your company. Being a team player means that you demonstrate a commitment to the success of the project and the other team members.
4. Keep current with your industry
It is a good idea to know what is going on in your industry. If you develop iPhone apps, it is important to understand how each new version of the operating system will affect how you develop new apps. Spend an hour each day keeping up on the latest news about your field. Find out the blogs, websites, online discussion boards and trade magazines that pertains to your industry. This will go very far in developing your expertise in your industry.
5. Never stop learning
The best employees are those that continue to learn new things about their job or industry. Lifelong learning is the first step in becoming an outstanding performer. In today’s fast paced world, if you don’t keep learning and growing, you’re not standing still, you’re actually falling behind. Do not wait for your company to provide you training. Take personal responsibility for your own career development.