As a recruiter I work hard to find jobs for my candidates…but that’s only half the job…the other half is probably the most important…making sure the candidates do well in the role, the client deliver on their commitments and most importantly… both the client and candidate are enjoying working with each other.
Here are a few simple tips to help you if you have recently started a new job:
1. Understand Your Role And Expectations
You may feel as though you are doing a fantastic job, but if your expectations differ from those of your manager or boss, there is going to be conflict. Have a good understanding of what is expected of you. If you feel that the expectations are unrealistic, then you need to approach your boss and explain the situation. One of the most important aspects of maintaining a professional image is being a good team player and contributing fairly to the team objectives. No one likes a colleague who does not do their fair share of the work.
2. Expand Your Role And Keep On Learning
Be a team player and look to get involved in more areas of the business. Be willing to share your expertise, but also be willing to learn new skills. If your company offers training courses, put your hand up to get involved. If your company doesn’t offer training courses, you can still take the initiative and invest in your own growth and knowledge by paying for these courses yourself.
3. Develop Positive Relationships
With all of the time we spend at work, it’s important to develop positive relationships with all of our co-workers, managers, and bosses. Good relationships are based on trust. Keep commitments. If you promise something, make sure you deliver on time. However, if you find yourself in a situation where something has changed and you cannot keep that commitment, be honest and communicate. Honest communication is the key to building a long-lasting relationship.
4. Be Visible
Leaving early every day and not attending social gatherings is definitely not the right way to maintain a professional image. Being visible is all part of being a good team player. This does not mean you have to be best friends with every person you work with, but there is no need to isolate yourself either.
5. Ask For Feedback And Learn From Your Boss
Do not be afraid to ask for feedback. In order to grow and improve ourselves, we need feedback on how we are performing in our jobs. Positive feedback is always fantastic, however don’t be put down by negative feedback and certainly do not hold grudges. Learn from your mistakes and strive to do better going forward. Look at the way in which your boss works and emulate that style, activity and energy…the likely hood is they will see your efforts and it will impress them.
6. Learn from your mistakes
We all 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.
7. Be proactive
Try to 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.
8. Find solutions.
Don’t 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.
We spend so many hours at work that we need to enjoy what we are doing. Maintaining a professional image will help you not only build a reputation of someone who is a great team player and can be counted on to add value to the business, but will also make your work life a far greater experience. When the time comes for a promotion or a pay rise, you are far more likely to be considered because of your professional attitude and image.
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.
For more advice, help or information please feel free to contact me