7 Tips to Ensure Success in a New Job
February 28, 2018 | Career Blog
Common sense will tell you that qualities like motivation, good judgment, and integrity are crucial to career success. But, just having these qualities is not enough to guarantee success.
To truly succeed, you must be able to demonstrate these—and many other qualities—each and every day on the job. Below describes a number of things you can start doing today to truly succeed in your workplace.
Demonstrate loyalty. Organizations put a high premium on company loyalty. You can demonstrate your loyalty in a number of ways. One of the easiest, and most important, is to support your company’s policies. Here are several other subtle ways to demonstrate your loyalty:
- Be punctual.
- Put in a full day’s work.
- Be willing to work extra hours.
- Be respectful and courteous to all the people you work with, from the janitor to the CEO.
By showing your loyalty in these tangible ways, you benefit yourself. It will be that much easier for you to develop the rapport and gain the support you need to get ahead. In fact, some companies have even promoted people simply because they possessed these qualities, not because they had superior skills or abilities!
Anticipate your boss’ needs. One of the toughest parts about being a team player in any job is getting along with a difficult boss. Remember, part of your job responsibility is to make your supervisor’s life easier—by not only doing your job, but by getting along with “the boss” and others as well.
Whatever you can do to make your boss’ life easier and to make your boss look better will generally enhance your own career progress.
Learn about your clients. If you work directly with external clients, learn as much as you can about their companies, their products and services, and the people who run them. And remember, everything you do affects the service and solutions your company provides—whether or not you have direct contact with clients.
Take charge. One of the best, if not the easiest, ways of gaining recognition from key superiors is to take on those jobs that no one else wants to do— providing you’re doing them for the right person and it’s the right kind of job. Taking on a boring assignment involving little effort is likely to be unappreciated. But taking charge of a highly visible effort, such as the corporate charity fundraising in your company, could gain you important recognition.
Rank your day. Begin each workday with a written agenda of your tasks ranked according to priority. Not all tasks will be equally appealing, but try to resist the temptation of postponing the unpleasant ones. Tackle your high priority items first.
When planning your day, allot enough time to handle each item on your agenda. If it looks as though there is too much work for you to handle, don’t be afraid to admit you can’t do it all.
Ask for help. Successful people, as a rule, are not embarrassed to speak up and ask for help if they are truly overloaded. They know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
Be prepared. You’ll benefit from this file in several ways. To start, when the time comes for a salary review, you will be in a position to present a strong case on your behalf—based on your accomplishments. Second, such a file becomes invaluable should you decide to leave the firm. Your resume will be much easier to put together, and you will have strong and complete facts to present to potential employers.
Overall Keys to Success
Today, doing your job well is not enough to assure you of rapid progress in your company. Equally important is making sure your superiors perceive you as a valuable contributor to the company’s success. Here is a summary of things you can do to ensure your career continues to flourish:
- Show loyalty to the firm.
- See the totality of your job.
- Understand and anticipate your boss’ needs.
- Take credit (modestly) for your work.
- Give co-workers and subordinates the same respect you show your superiors.
- Gain recognition by accepting certain assignments nobody else will.
- Manage your time efficiently.
- Be aware of, and take steps to, counteract job- related stress.