Simply having the necessary skills to perform your job isn’t enough to ensure you keep it. There is a certain mindset you need to display to help you advance in your career. You need to know, without a doubt, that you are the perfect person for your position—and show it. In today’s world of loudly competing voices, there is no prize for being shy. Speak up and be the best there is at what you do.
Here are five attitudes you should adopt to help you advance in the workplace:
Confidence can be difficult to master at times. You don’t want to come off as conceited, but you need to show management that you are both skilled and sure of yourself. When demonstrating your confidence, try not to come off as pushy or cocky. Sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in projecting confidence, and nobody wants to work with someone who seems conceited.
Never surrender at any task, no matter how difficult—always give it your all. Management would rather have an employee who put in as much effort as humanly possible and failed instead of someone who didn’t even try. No matter how impossible the task may seem, being tenacious about victory can put a positive spotlight on you that will earn you a reputation among your co-workers and managers.
No one is perfect, regardless of how hard they try. There will come a time when failure is imminent, and showing grace under fire only solidifies your character. Admitting when you are wrong and learning from your mistakes reinforces management’s faith in your skills. Nobody likes to work with someone who thinks and believes they know it all, unless they actually do—which is rare.
Interaction on a professional level can keep co-workers and management apprised of situations. Don’t be afraid to communicate with those around you. Not only will this quell any confusion surrounding projects, but it can help prevent loss of man-hours if others are working on the same project and producing work that was already finished. Being friendly to those around you will make you a likeable employee who has the support of others, which can possibly increase productivity as well.
Always ask questions that help you understand the task at hand. An employer would rather have an employee that asks the right questions so that the task can be completed correctly the first time instead of one who assumes they know what to do and then spends valuable time fixing mistakes. Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know a particular task, but assure the employer you are eager to learn. As long as you’re not asking the same question repeatedly, all will be fine. If you have to, write the answer down to help you remember. Asking questions is one thing, but not retaining the answers looks bad to your employer.
In today’s market, skill will only get you so far. In a sense, you have to market yourself to your employer to prove that you are worthy of advancement. You need people skills, knowledge and confidence that you are the best there is at your particular job. If someone else knows more than you, make it your job to learn everything you can. Knowledge of the position is key and if it’s reinforced with spirit, you will go far in your organization.