The Best Handful of Tips 11 – Improve Your Career Prospects
People can be put into three main categories:
Those who make things happen
Those who watch things happen
And those who wonder what happened.
Success is in the hands of those who make things happen. By following certain simple rules you can improve your career prospects especially when you move into a large new organisation.
What you want to be is more important than what you are. You will need to plan and work hard to achieve success so consider these simple recommendations.
The five best tips to advance your career
1. Tread softly and get to know the corporate culture
When you take up a new position allow time to observe the current situation. Don’t be in a hurry to comment on more efficient ways of doing things or to make changes.
Find mentors to counsel and advise you on steps in your career.
Welcome the efforts of a mentor or some worker who can help you understand the history and the culture of the organisation.
Establish a trust with them so you can ask for honest feedback about your actions and your work.
2. Build good relationships
Be courteous and friendly to all staff regardless of the position they hold. A lowly worker one day may be your boss.
Often the ‘old hands’ see things in a different light to new recruits. When you have won their confidence explain the changes needed and listen to their concerns and suggestions.
Get to know people by joining outside organisations such as service clubs, professional societies, sports clubs etc. Who you know can be more important than what you know.
3. Show you are ambitious
Accept leadership roles in both social activities and in work tasks.
Let people know you are ambitious. Dress and act appropriately for the position you would like to hold one day.
4. Learn new skills
Keep improving your skills, especially in communication and meeting skills.
Learn to listen carefully so you can question people tactfully and get honest and helpful answers.
Keep up-to-date with the latest technology and business developments systems.
Learn to negotiate and compromise when dealing with others. Be patient and sympathetic, especially with disadvantaged workers.
5. Go the extra mile
Spend time chatting to staff and learn about their backgrounds and family circumstances.
Maintain high ethical standards and a good work output. Always try to get things done on time and try to do them to a higher standard than what was expected. People who can get things done quickly and efficiently are the ones who get promoted. Your planning, discipline, hard work and sacrifice will be well rewarded.
Be enthusiastic about work and the organisation, and remember you are not fully dressed until you wear a smile.
Geoffrey Moss, mossassociates.co.nz
“To advance your career exceed your bosses’ expectations, protect their reputations,
and give them credit for your successes.”
SOURCE: “Secrets for Success. This book could change your life”. First published by Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand and by Cengage Learning Asia. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com.