5 characteristics of job success

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Sep 02

Job success is critically important as part of gaining employment security. On this site, all I focus on is landing a job, job success, and gaining employment security. But what, exactly is job success? Let’s take a look.

Job success is competently performing the work

Competent performance means you have the right job skills for the work. You can’t perform surgery if you haven’t trained as a doctor.

This doesn’t mean you need to have every single job skill to perform the work, nor does it mean your job performance has to be rated “excellent.” It just means that you have the job skills to get the work done in a professional and timely manner.

Job success is working well with the management team

Your manager is your most important customer. Yet, the number one reason people leave their job is because of their manager. Both of those statements are true.

Your manager can kill your career, so it is important for you to figure out how best to work with your manager. This article isn’t about how to do that, but stepping back, figuring out how your manager works and how you can integrate into how your manager works is a critical job skill. One that is needed to consider the job as a success.

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Job success is working well with your customers

The customers of your work can either be internal team members (the vast majority of jobs are like this) or to external clients. Working well with your customers means having a good working relationship with them, delivering quality work that meets or exceeds their expectations, and delivering work when you say you will deliver your work.

Having success with your customers is very satisfying and provides a good number of advantages to you and your career. Not having success means constant stress for you and your management team.

Job success is working well with your team

You have coworkers — either as part of your manager’s team or people you work with close to you. As part of your manager’s team, it is important to figure out what your unique contribution is to the team. It’s the answer to the question, “If we lost (you), we’ll never be able do X.” Figure out what the X is and you’ll enable building expertise and value to you and your coworkers.

Getting along with coworkers is important from a reputation view. You’re good to work with or your not. If you’re not, you’ll get a poor reputation, hurting your performance ratings, promotion and job transfer opportunities, and will eventually make yourself miserable. Yes, some coworkers are assholes; don’t be one of them.

Job success is learning new skills and competencies for the next job

Job skills are the currency of work. The more of them you have, the better your opportunity to perform well in a variety of different, but related, positions. You have job success when you can either learn or be exposed to other types of job skills. You can learn job skills from your coworkers in the same position and you can learn adjacent job skills from those you work with. Both are important to succeeding on the job because your are preparing for your next job.

Focusing on these areas will give you a bit of perspective on the day-to-day grind of the work. It’s seeing the forest from the trees. It is working the big picture to ensure that the job is right for you and you are right for the job.

What other characteristics are there for job success? Let me know in the comments.

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.

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