You have finally landed an entry-level job at the company you have always wanted to work for. You think that as long as you keep your head down and do your job and do it well, you will eventually get promoted. These promotions will hopefully lead you to getting your dream job. This plan should work perfectly, right?
In today’s competitive workplace it is not enough to simply do your job and do it exceptionally well. You also need to seek out other opportunities and challenges your job or organization has to offer. It may be easier to just do your job and only your job, which I admit I have been guilty of at times, but taking the easier route does not always lead to the promotions you want. Instead, to land those promotions, you need to take on those projects and challenges no one else wants to do. Taking the initiative to do the projects and challenges no one wants shows you are a hard worker and willing to go above and beyond what is asked of you. By doing this, when it comes time for the next promotion opportunity your boss will think of you above all the others because you have shown you are a dedicated worker with a good work ethic.
Not only does taking on extra projects and challenges at work give you an edge when it comes to promotions, it helps you diversify your skill set. Doing extra projects can help you learn and perfect certain skills you didn’t have before. You can then apply these skills to your own job duties or your future job duties once you get promoted. Having a vast skill set allows you to become more marketable in the workforce which can lead you to getting promoted faster, or allow you to move on to bigger and better things.
Now you may not want to take a 21-year-old kid’s advice on how to do your job, which is understandable, but this isn’t coming from just me. It’s coming from the many managers I have had the opportunity to work with over the past few years. Almost every manager I have ever talked to has said the same thing “seek out problems, and solve them.” They said they really do notice these things, and they tend to promote those people faster. In fact, some of them said that is how they obtained the job they currently have. They also mentioned that increasing your knowledge of various skills is invaluable and you should take every chance you have to learn a new skill because you never know when it will come in handy.
Some of the managers who have given me this advice include; the Vice President of Quality Assurance at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the Vice President of Support Services at St. Luke’s Hospital, the Director of Human Resources at a large group home facility in the Twin Cities and many other managers at the various places I have worked.
If all of these managers are giving the same advice and feel that’s how they got where they are, it must be good advice. So I would encourage you all to go to work, do your job, and find some challenging project and take it on. It will be worth it in the long run, plus you will feel a sense of pride once it’s completed!
Of Possible Interest:
- Now That You’re On the Job – our Pinterest board filled with articles & resources
- How to Handle a Competitive Work Environment
- On the Job – all our blog posts on the topic