With a troubled economy, there is not a more important time to make sure you are doing all you can to shine and be a standout at work then right now. It is not enough to do a good job; you must do a strong performer and prove yourself to be an asset and the go-to person.
Below, are five tips that will help to advance your career by making people notice you and value your contributions at work:
1. Always maintain a positive attitude
This can be difficult at times, but being lookedupon as the person in the office with a great attitude will take you far. Be watchful of how much you socialize with others who are negative. Guilt by association is more than a phrase, it’s a reality.
2. Stay up-to-date on latest technologies
Career development is highly valued. If your company offers training, take advantage and learn as much as you can. The internet is also a great place to strengthen your current skills and to learn new skills.
3. Build a strong network of supporters
Strong relationships at work can help you advance your career within your company and can increase your value. The relationships you build should include people at all levels of your organization. You never know if you will need help whether it’s from a supervisor or a receptionist.
4. Meet deadlines even if overtime is required
As the troubled economy has a resulted in a record number of layoffs for many companies, many have been asked to take on additional responsibilities. Many are now expected to do more work in less time. Despite these challenges, it is important to meet deadlines. If overtime is allowed at your job, then work it, especially if the result is getting the work done on time. If not, you must find other ways to manage your time effectively.
5. Be solutions-oriented
One of the most effective ways to demonstrate your value is to be a problem solver. You should always be looking for ways toget things done faster on more efficiently. Don’t be afraid to make suggestions and offer solutions. Companies appreciate employees who add value.