Boost Your Career

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Mar 14, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Whether interning, volunteering, or in your first full-time job…

Here are five simple things you can do to boost your career:

First, ask trusted colleagues to evaluate your performance on the job. This is an excellent way to improve…before the boss evaluates you. The good news is, you’ll probably receive a lot of praise for work well-done. But, be sure to take criticisms as ways to learn and grow, improving how you work. If brand new to the job, ask your supervisor how they prefer you do an important task, or to give you tips on prioritizing projects if unsure.

Second, be as pleasant as possible. People would prefer to be around someone who is likable over someone who is competent. It takes only a moment to smile and say hello, use “please” and “thank you”, or offer a compliment for a coworker’s well-done project. Often, you get back what you put out there.

Third, don’t be such a perfectionist, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Make your job as enjoyable as possible, don’t create more work for yourself. Are you playing old tapes in your head from demanding parents or bosses, trying to please them by being “perfect”? Concentrate on the here and now, start being more realistic about what you are doing.

Fourth, don’t procrastinate, you’ll drive everyone else crazy. Are you lazy, afraid of failure, or have a fear of success? Figure out which it is and begin to work on that issue. Make to-do lists, prioritize each item, check off what you’ve accomplished. Reward yourself with something fun and healthy for each accomplished task.

Fifth, take time to develop good relationships in the office. You’re with these people 8 (or more) hours per day, make the most of it. Gossips, people green with envy, or interested in stepping on the backs of coworkers, create tension–don’t be one of these. It’s best to keep romance out of the office–break-ups happen–creating uncomfortable situations.