How to Make Your Job Really Work for You
By Sandy Schroeder
If your job is good, but not perfect when it comes to meeting your needs, you may have to exert a little effort to make that happen.
Most jobs need a little tweaking to fit you perfectly, but we have to be willing to get involved to get the results we want.
Forbes suggests anything is possible with the right steps. Here are a few of its tips.
Don't expect mind-reading - If your job does not always work the way you want it to, you may need to communicate better with those around you. Different folks need different things. First figure out what you need. You may want better hours, more flexibility in assignments, or more options to grow. Then let your needs be known. Most leaders want to keep their people happy, and will be willing to listen if you speak up.
Deliver top-notch work - If you want the company to take you seriously, you also have to take your work effort seriously and give them your best efforts. Take a quick read of what you are currently doing, and crank it up a notch to make it even better. Go above and beyond normal demands to demonstrate your commitment, and expect to be noticed.
Let the situation play out - Once you have made your needs known, and upped your performance, you may be looking for instant results, but reality says it takes a little longer than that. Your boss may not be able to deliver instant results, but you can be sure he will be looking for ways to respond if he values your work. Be patient and expect good things.
Look for a mentor - Get to know people throughout your company and look for someone who you can relate to. Knowing people in different areas of the company will give you a better understanding of the operation, and help others to know you better too. You may also find someone who appreciates your talents and is willing to advocate for you.
Keep broadening your efforts - Make your job your main focus, but take a little time on the weekends to read, research and meet a range of people in your field. New ideas, new people, and new research will keep you moving forward.
Whatever you do, don't give up. If you are working hard and giving your best, you will get results. It's hard to overlook good people.
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