Tips to Succeed at Work
and Get Ahead in Your Job
Landing that “dream job” is what makes all of us
feel successful. However, the road to success only begins when you
get the job; succeeding at work takes initiative and hard work.
Showing investment and dedication to improve your professional
growth and job performance can help lead to a promotion. Most
importantly, with our current economic situation, it can help you
keep your job.
There are many things you can do to succeed in
your career. Here are some tips to improve your chances of achieving
workplace success, in spite of any economic ups and downs.
1. Get educated.
employers prefer hiring and promoting employees who have college
degrees. If you know that you have a better chance of getting
promoted by having a degree, it would be worth your time and
financial investment to obtain a college degree. If you have a
degree, consider what skills you can learn in order to improve your
job performance. Large corporations frequently offer free software,
communication or management training. If your company does not offer
courses, research classes being taught in your area; your company
might subsidize the cost if you make a case for it!
on more work.
addition to performing the tasks required of you, research trends
and happenings in your industry to share with your colleagues. When
passing along information, consider how it affects your company. Be
an expert in your field. By taking this extra step, you will show
your boss that you are passionate about your industry and are
invested in producing superior quality work. Take on new challenges.
One of the best ways to find your “hidden talents” is to try new
3. Be proactive.
always be a step ahead at work. Anticipate what will be asked of
you, and offer your services. Be perceived as a "can-do" person.
Make sure you are always informed of what is going on in your
company and any opportunities that may arise.
4. Promote yourself.
Think back to when you were hired. What skills did you bring to the
table that made you marketable? Remember what makes you unique to
your company, and promote your skills. While it's easy to get
accustomed to a work routine, think of out-of-the-box ways to
leverage your skills to improve your company. Even if your boss
doesn't agree with your idea, he or she should respect your
5. Manage expectations.
From day one, make sure you and your boss are on
the same page with what you are expected to deliver. If you don't
know, create your own set of expectations to show your boss, and
make changes as needed. If no six-month or yearly evaluations are
set in place within your company, check in with your boss every few
months to confirm you are meeting expectations. Document everything,
including project feedback from your boss and colleagues, so you can
use specific ways to measure your progress.
Learn from your mistakes.
make mistakes in the workplace. The worst thing to do is try to
blame someone else or deny that the mistake was made. The best
thing to do is to accept responsibility for your mistakes and learn
from them. Mistakes can help you improve your performance and
communication skills with your co-workers and supervisor. Your
supervisor will be very impressed if they see you can bounce back
from mistakes and keep improving.
Communicate with your supervisor.
the lines of communication open between you and your supervisor can
only benefit you. The more you communicate with him or her, the
more they will keep you posted on current events in your office.
Your supervisor cannot watch you all the time and know what you are
doing. Send them an email with updates on your work progress and
any questions of things you are not sure of. You never want to
“assume” anything you are not really sure about and it is always
important to know where your supervisor stands on all work-related
go to your boss every time you have a problem. The more problems
you can solve independently, the more responsible and valuable you
will look. It will impress your boss if you go to them with a
tricky issue and then suggest ways to resolve it. Always try to
offer solutions; this will give your reputation a boost!
9. Act the part.
impressions are everything and you always want to make sure you
dress and act professional at all times. Your attire doesn't need
to be outrageously expensive for you to have credibility. It just
needs to be appropriate to the environment you are operating in.
Consider clean lines and clothing that makes you feel comfortable
and communicates who you want to be. If you're going for that big
promotion or new account, go for it in your appearance as well as
your job performance. Colleagues, customers, managers, and peers
will also pick up what you communicate about yourself in the way you
With the current economic crisis, the fear of being laid off or
fired is certainly legitimate, and there are a variety of reasons
why people lose their jobs. Taking the right steps to advancing your
career can lessen your chances for being laid off or terminated.
These tips can help you secure your career and promote yourself
within your company. You don’t have to do all of these tips in one
day and you may not have to do all of them to see an improvement in
your career. Keep a journal or check list of the tips you think can
improve your chances to succeed at work. By writing your goals down,
it will be easier for you to see your accomplishments and stick to
your plan for success!
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