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24 oct

Furthering Your Career

RobertCordrayWe’ve all been stuck at a dead end job. You go to work, but you don’t like it and you don’t think that it can take you anywhere else in life, right? The problem is that many of us are scared to quit and enter a job market that is shaky at best. Something’s gotta change, and it doesn’t look like you’re leaving your job, anytime soon. It appears that the best way to attack things is to try to climb somehow. But how? There are a few different ways. Let’s investigate:

Go back to school

School is a hassle, I know. It’s expensive, out of the way and you’re oftentimes forced to rely on unreliable people to get things done for you. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement. By furthering your education, you’re opening up career paths that you might not even know about. You’re also forcing your company’s hand to either promote you or give you a raise, both of which are better than your current situation. Ask your boss if they’ll pay for your schooling. You can even opt to audit a class at a local community college and just learn a new skill or opt for some courseware and teach yourself a new skill set in your spare time. Who knows, you might even pick up a new hobby!

Do your best

As cliché as it is, doing the best that you can do at your current position is never a bad option. Maybe the lack of options has you feeling down, and maybe your production level hasn’t been up to snuff. If you perform the best that you can at your current level over a period of time, something is bound to open up. The company might be growing and looking to promote from within, or maybe an executive is looking to retire or move to another company. Either way, if you’re always doing your best, you’ll be noticed and your name will come up as a potential hire for the position. You’ll also need to make sure that your job is being noticed. Sometimes you may be overlooked, but if you are doing a good job, tell your boss. They’re bound to recognize you somehow.

Express interest in a promotion

Doing your best and making sure that you’re being noticed is a good thing, but sometimes it’s not enough. Tell your bosses that you love the company. Tell them that you would like to grow in the company and that you’ll do whatever it takes. You may think that you’re making it obvious by your outstanding work, but sometimes it’s nice to give your superiors a verbal notification too. They’re smart people, but they can’t read your mind. Work hard, tell them that you want to grow, and things will work out.

Be outgoing

Succeeding in your job likely involves being good with people. If you’re outgoing and nice to everyone, people are bound to like you. Being a good people person is a good skill to have in and out of the office. Whether you’re asking a worker to accomplish a task or selling something to a client, having a way with words and treating people in a nice fashion can get you far in life.

Ask questions

Learn something new from your coworkers and bosses. Ask them to teach you a new skill or something about their position. The more you learn about the company, the more valuable you become to them. It also shows your company’s executives that you’re willing to expand your skill set and learn new things. All of that is very valuable and necessary in order to get a raise or a promotion.

Don’t get discouraged at your current job. There are ways that you can get around your dead end job. Work hard, study up on the company and your position, and execute it to the best of your ability. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to business success.


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Posted by Robert Cordray on October 24th, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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