Once you have a job, your next task is to fully commit yourself to it. Learn what’s expected of you and fulfill your duties with dedication, efficiency, attention to detail, integrity, and a positive attitude.
Of course, it’s not always that easy! You’ll inevitably come across some tricky situations at work, whether you clash with a coworker, don’t feel heard in meetings, or wonder if you’re being asked to do things beyond your job description.
Learning conflict management skills is just one example of things you can do to remain confident and productive at work.
Even when things go really well at your job, it’s important to seek opportunities for growth. Consider earning certifications to show that you’re serious about your career. Set work-related goals — such as meeting a certain level of productivity, exceeding a certain quota, speaking up more often in meetings, fixing tardiness habits or improving your adherence to deadlines — in order to continuously push yourself. Your managers are sure to take notice when it comes time to promote from within.
But sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and ask for a promotion or a raise. This can take a lot of courage if you’re not used to speaking up for yourself, but it’s a common practice in the workforce. Be prepared to explain why you believe you deserve a raise.
For example, have you helped the company increase its profit?
You never know unless you ask!
Part of keeping your job involves keeping yourself healthy while on the job. Jobs are stressful enough as it is, and the thought of potentially getting fired for not performing up to snuff creates a vicious cycle of worry. Learn how to prevent and manage burnout, but also realize that it’s okay to leave a job that becomes too stressful, or to switch careers altogether.
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