How to Be One Step Ahead in Your Job
By Sandy Schroeder
If you are still looking for the next step forward at work, or considering starting your own business, it may be time to review key habits and perceptions. The next step may begin with what you bring to the table.
Martin Zwilling, founder and CEO of Startup Professionals, gives us some strong starting points to move forward.
Are you proactive - When extra help is needed when work surges forward and holidays or sickness create overloads, do you jump in to help? People who step up and lend a hand are always welcome.
Are you up for new challenges - Some people are totally reliable, but not very good at solving new problems. People who embrace change and come up with creative solutions are always in demand. A new position or a new business often requires a lot of on-the-spot quick thinking.
Do you believe attitude counts - People who move ahead and succeed show up with a smile, ready to get the job done. Negative attitudes stand out like a sore thumb and are seldom rewarded.
Are you good at building relationships - Some people come in, do the job, and go home. Others know solid relationships are part of the job. They help to create the teams that are needed to succeed.
Are you open to the future - Some people get stuck in their routines. New ideas or approaches may just be too much trouble. Being open to change is essential to move ahead or start a new business. You want to be out there where the future is happening.
Are you considered a leader - Wherever you are in the job, do people turn to you for ideas and support? Natural leaders often move ahead. They stand out every time.
Are you preparing as you go - Making the effort to connect with others, take advanced courses, and learn from what’s out there gives you a real edge.
Do you always finish the job - People who move ahead never fade when problems come up. They just show up and find solutions.
Do you market yourself - Having the credentials and knowing how to present them can be two different things. Make sure you fit the image that companies are seeking.
Focus on wins not losses - Nobody wins all of the time. Keep moving and go with the positives. No one is looking for a sore loser, but everybody needs a team player.
Start with questions like these to put yourself out in front every time.
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