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10 Work Habits That Will Help You Excel in Your Career
“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.”
– Chris Grosser
1. Think About the Skills You Need For the Next Job
“People with highly transferable skills may be specialists in certain areas, but they’re also incredible generalists – something businesses that want to grow need.”
– Leah Busque
2. Get to Know Your Boss
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
– Thomas Jefferson
3. Avoid the "It's Not My Job" Pitfall
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
– Henry Ford
“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.”
– Robert Kiyosaki
5. Keep a Clean Social Media Presence
- Revisit your content: Take some time to do a quick sweep of your profiles. Delete any old or inappropriate information that you wouldn’t want a recruiter to see.
- Clean Your Friends List: Back in the day, many people friended anyone and everyone. The more friends you had, the more popular you were, right? But now is the time to cut out all those random people and keep the ones you actually know.
- Edit Your Privacy Settings: Although this doesn’t excuse racy photos or posts, it does let you control who can see your personal information. Ask yourself, “Does a potential employer need to see this?”
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein
6. Keep in Touch
- You’ll Get Referrals. You never know who knows who.
- They Can Mentor You. Even if you don’t work together, a former coworker or manager can still be a great mentor. The time commitment doesn’t have to be excessive, either.
- You Can Help Fill a Position. At some point in your career, you’ll have someone tell you, “If you know someone please send them my way.” So if there’s an open position within your company, you could help your boss find the right candidate. This makes you look good, too.
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
– Jim Rohn
7. Track Your Progress
- You’ll be in a better position to negotiate a raise
- It’ll be easier for you to give accurate and concrete examples during performance appraisals
- When you’re networking and interviewing, you’ll have notable examples to share
- You’ll find it easier to update your resume
“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work.”
8. Watch What You Say
“Not everything you hear is good for talk.”
9. Listen to Understand, Not to React
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”
– Estee Lauder
10. Show Up On Time
And not just because it’s the nice thing to do.
“You cannot respect someone but disrespect their time.”
Do you have what it takes to learn how to be a good employee at work?
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