In this digital age where rapid change is the norm, one thing you would probably like to stay the same is your status as a gainfully employed professional with career-growth potential.
The number of people who either had jobs or were looking for jobs in the United States in 2015 was approximately 157 million, compared to a population the same year of around 320 million, so that makes for heady competition on the employment front. When you consider that having a job today doesn’t necessarily mean having that job — or any job — tomorrow, it becomes all the more important to consider ways to increase your odds of remaining part of the workforce.
With that said, what follows are 5 ways to build job success. They’re things you should be doing every day to differentiate yourself and to establish yourself as an employee worth keeping.
In order to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem, you need to talk to your employer to ask not only about what issues the company faces, but also about what you can do to help resolve those problems or concerns. Of course, you need to specifically let your boss know that you’re able and willing to help as required. That way, you’ll show that you’re a team player.
While no one should be so indispensable to a company that the company is left in chaos should that person depart, that doesn’t mean that you can’t establish yourself as a definite keeper. You can do this both by being willing to do your assigned duties and by being willing to take on the duties that no one else wishes to shoulder. Your employer will notice that you’re a doer, and you’ll establish yourself as a dependable and valued employee who is willing to go the extra mile.
Be sure to get feedback from your employer. The reason this is important is that your boss might actually have expectations of you that are not specifically part of your job description. Knowing exactly what’s expected from you will give you a benchmark against which you can measure your progress, and this will help you to show your importance to the organization. Be open to positive criticism, and view recommendations as an opportunity to improve and to grow.
You can’t assume that your company or your manager will know, let alone remember, everything you do and all that you accomplish. So be sure to keep track of your day-to-day duties and your notable accomplishments. In the event that you’re up for a performance review or you’re seeking a promotion, you will have the information you need to make your case. You’re your own best advocate, and things will go smoother if you can back up your claims with hard evidence.
You’ll definitely be able to differentiate yourself from your colleagues if you can demonstrate that you’re a life-long learner. So in addition to taking part in training and conferences, you should also consider furthering your education with, for instance, an undergraduate degree or an advanced degree such as an MBA. If you’re lucky, your employer may be willing to foot at least a portion of the cost for your tuition. The tuition coverage won’t come without strings attached, however, as you’ll likely have to make a commitment to remain with the company long enough for the company to recoup its investment in you. It can be a great trade off, particularly if you like where you work.
Building job success takes a lot of work, but you can definitely demonstrate to your employer that you’re worth holding onto. So roll up your sleeves, and show your boss that you’re a keeper.