Teena Rose is a columnist, public speaker, and
certified/published resume writer with
Referral. She’s authored several books,
to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book,
20-Minute Cover Letter Fixer,and
Cracking the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales.
Finding a job is tough. Finding a good job is even
tougher. When you’ve found that perfect job, it’s important to then find
opportunities to move up the workplace ladder. Here’s how.
An Honest Day’s Work
for an Honest Day’s Pay
Give them what they’re paying for. It may sound
obvious but employers look for workers who are at work, at their work
stations and working! If you’re away from your desk, talking to a
co-worker about your upcoming ski weekend, it won’t impress your
supervisor, director or foreperson.
Show up on time and ready to dig in. Sure, take
breaks. They rejuvenate the mind and refresh the spirit. But if you work
hard, you’ll get noticed.
If your employer asks for volunteers to work over the
weekend, raise your hand. Of course, you don’t want an employer to take
advantage of you, but every now and then, it’s good to go the extra
mile. It shows you’re dedicated to the employer’s goals.
Volunteer to organize the company picnic or to attend
that conference no one wants to go to. Employers like volunteers because
of their value to the company.
Bring the Donuts
Once In a While
In other words, be nice to the people with whom you
work. The workplace is a great place to make friends and friends work
better together. Let the friends at work know how you feel. Thank them
when they help you out. Ask, don’t demand. Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Manners count. They really do.
Be a Team Player
Part of workplace success has to do with your ability
to cooperate with co-workers. Cooperation among employees on the job
increases the company’s productivity. If part A is done, but you’re
still waiting for part B from another department, the project is stalled
until part B finally makes it to your desk. Work together and cooperate
to make the business successful.
During the course of a busy work day, there are bound
to be disagreements between people sharing the same space and tasks. If
a problem arises with a co-worker, calm yourself before discussing the
problem. Give your praise generously and publicly. Criticize privately
Learn On The Job
If you’ve got your eye on a middle-management job,
learn all you can about the job and its responsibilities. Learn the
procedures, the resources, the deadlines and delivery dates. But don’t
Learn about every job in your workplace to get a ‘big
picture’ view. Learn by watching. When you discover how all of the
pieces fit together, you’ll be able to do your job better today and
transition into that middle-management job when it opens up.
Go Back to School
You can’t beat it. The more you learn, the more you
earn. Talk to your supervisor, or the people in human resources, about
what courses would most benefit the company. Many businesses will even
contribute money to defray some of those education and training costs.
Review Your Reviews
It’s hard not to take criticism personally, but
remember criticism at work can be used to your advantage. An annual
review by company management provides a much clearer picture of your
professional strengths and weaknesses. It also provides a veritable
checklist of employer expectations. Think of reviews as your guidebook
to success – and don’t take it personally.
Let Them Know You’re
There’s nothing wrong with talking to your supervisor
or the people in HR about your goals. Let them know that you want to
stay with the company, that you want to contribute more and that you
want to move up. Ask to be informed of new job postings. It shows
initiative and drive.
If you’re the only one who can fill out a Form
1072/DAS rev.11/05, the department needs you. If you’re the go-to source
in the company, management wants to keep you around.
Learn everything – from how to make the coffee in the
morning to how to open the one file drawer that always locks. It won’t
be long before you’re the recognized expert – the one the business just
can’t do without.
You already know what you need to know to be a
success at work. You learned it years ago. Play nice with the other
kids. Work hard. Pay attention. Accept criticism and be a good friend
(as well as a co-worker) to the guy two cubicles down.
In fact, it’s not all that different from third
grade. So, earn a gold star on the job and start your way up the ladder.
You already know the way.