By: Nick Woodson
Studies show that people tend to change jobs because of boredom and unhappiness with what they are doing. Surely, the one quick complaint you would get if you ask someone why he/she decided to shift gears is: “I am tired of working like a dog, and getting nowhere.” This person primarily looks for a career and not just a job.
To illustrate the difference between a job and a career, here is a brief explanation. A job is usually a task that you do routinely and is available nearly anywhere. A career, however, is a long-term commitment between an employer and employee. Careers are not handed out; they are earned.
Further, turning your job into a career involves long term planning, which can be decided upon certain parameters such as experience, salary, and the future interests that the individual would have when he/she gets the career desired.
The following are the three basic points to ponder that would help you turn your job into a career:
- Show interest in the company.
If you want an employer to value you, then you must give them reason to value your work, knowledge, and skills. Efficiency in the performance of your job responsibilities is not enough. You, as an employee must display respect and obedience. In other words, all your efforts will be useless and futile if you disregard the company regulations and policies or do not even know the core values, mission, and other important details of your employer.
- Do anything but perform your duties. Be responsible.
An employer can definitely tell if one is just a plain employee who is just after the salary or one who will not be bothered to do anything beyond his job description. Someone trying to make a career will be more than willing to go the extra mile.
The employee that is concerned for the good of the company stays even in tough times and contributes in his own way, like cutting costs, staying late, and forgoing a raise. These are valued and acknowledged by the company when the good times come.
- Be a team player.
The employee that shows up late every morning, takes long lunches, and has many uncalled for habits is not going to be seen as a dedicated employee. All of these practices put stress on someone else, and cause other employees to take up the slack.
Someone really serious about hopping into another avenue, on the other hand, will go beyond what is expected of him. Take the initiative to do the things that you know will be asked of you, before you are asked.
Read the following tips that you can use to advance your career:
1. Do not pretend.
Do not claim that you know everything. Have the courage to say “I don’t know” when you really do not have any idea about something. Do not try to fake it.
2. Be responsible.
Take responsibility for your actions. If it is your fault, admit it and take the blame. If you are wrong, apologize.
3. Never gossip.
Gossip can hurt the careers of two people: the person being talked about and the person who is doing the talking.
4. Never say, “That is not my job.”
Do not think you are above anything. Pitch in and set a good example, especially if the job is one that nobody else wants to do. Your willingness to do so will be noticed and appreciated.
5. Share the credit.
People who share credit with others make a much better impression than those who take all the credit themselves.
6. Seek somebody’s help.
Ask for help whenever you need one. Do not let a difficult task get out of hand just because of your pride that you can do anything and everything without else’s assistance.
7. Keep your dislike to yourself.
If you do not like someone, do not let it show. Never burn bridges or offend others as you move ahead in your career.
8. Do not hold any resentment.
You should accept the fact that life is not always fair. If you were passed over a promotion, did not get the project you wanted or something important to you, let it go. Be gracious and diplomatic; concentrate on the brighter future that is ahead of you and move on. Harboring resentment or bitterness will not help to advance your career.
9. Be humble.
When you are right, do not be overly proud or egoistic about it. Do not be too confident, to the point that you are being boastful.
10. Recognize the people around you.
Do not be snooty or ignorant. Make others feel that they are important. Compliment other people, when needed. Emphasize their strengths and contributions, and help them if you can. They will enthusiastically help you in return.
Nick Woodson has more than 12 years of experience teaching Corporate Communications and Personality Development.