Keeping the Job

Congratulations – Now that You Have the Job, Keep It.

The hard work is not over. Once you have accepted the job, your real work begins. Doing the work is only part of being successful in your job. There are other things that will also influence your success with the company.

It is important to note that longevity in a job demonstrates commitment, loyalty, and achievement—all qualities that future employers will value. Whether you’re being evaluated for a promotion in your current company or for a better position at a new company, your ability to succeed in your present environment will help you.

Below are some important things to help you keep your job and grow within it.

Attendance

Arrive on time every day. Return from lunch promptly. Show up for your meetings on time, every time. This type of punctuality demonstrates respect for others and their time. Many companies document attendance. In some states, poor attendance and chronic lateness are grounds for termination. This type of behavior indicates to the employer that you do not value your position or the job that you do for the company. To some, it signals that you cannot be trusted, and you may not be given the opportunity for advancement.

Dependability

Follow through. If you’ve been given an assignment, do it. Carry a notebook and take notes when you’re given instructions. Make sure you ask questions when you’re confused. It takes less time to do the
project right the first time than to do it twice. If it looks like you can’t meet a specific deadline, tell your supervisor as soon as possible, as other people may be depending on your work.

In today’s customer service-oriented economy, dependability is key. We must always respond to our customers and co-workers in a professional way in order to keep our company efficient. This is an
important issue if you care to grow in the company. If your manager can depend on you to get your work done in a timely manner, he/she is more likely to help you grow your career.

Knowledge

Find ways to expand your knowledge of the company. Ask to attend training sessions. On your own time, read company manuals. Network with company professionals within and outside your department. The
more you know about how the company works, the more you can contribute to its success.

Demonstrate Commitment

Those who take on new projects, get more responsibility and ultimately, more reward. Sometimes, you need to ask your supervisor for more work. He/she may not realize that you’re capable of doing more. Don’t wait for your supervisor to give you work. Be proactive and ask for it.

Make sure that you are completing your existing projects successfully. Your supervisor will not be inclined to give you more work if you’re not getting your current job done accurately. Look for ways to add
value. If you see a way to save money or time in a specific task, tell your supervisor. This type of behavior will show your boss your interest in making your company successful.

Problem Solvers

Instead of telling your supervisor about a problem, tell him/her about a solution. Whenever you uncover a problem or face a difficult solution, figure out the solution on your own. If it’s a big problem, you may want to discuss the solution first before acting on it. Regardless, your supervisor will appreciate the thought you put into turning a wrong into a right.

Companies want to hire problem solvers. Every day a manager is faced with a complication of some kind with a customer, employee, or product. Your ability to help solve these problems and avoid them in
the future will help your company and career grow.

Responsibility and Ownership

When you’re given a project, make it your own. Draw on your experience to complete your work. If you’re hired to handle customer service complaints, use personal manners to help your customers
feel more at ease. If you’re given a book keeping project, think of it as being your own money. You would save as much of your own money as possible. Your company deserves the same respect. Sometimes you need to discuss your plans for completing a project with your supervisor before carrying it out. Your supervisor will appreciate the thought you put into the project, and will be more willing to help you if problems arise. Your work will be valued much more if you demonstrate ownership. When you make a mistake, accept it. Don’t blame others. Also, try to fix the problem. This goes along with being a problem solver. Ultimately, it will be your solution that is remembered, not the mistake that you made.

Mentors

Look for people to give you guidance. In everything that we do, there are always times we seek advice from others. Generally, people want to help. Look for people who have been successful in their jobs and ask them for advice when making hard decisions about your career. If you work on a construction site and your foreman has been with the company for a while, talk to him about how to get onto other job sites. You may ask him if you can help him with his work when your shift is over. Sometimes, just “shadowing” a boss or supervisor in his/her job can help you learn more about your own.

Customer Service

In any job, you have several customers. Those that buy the company’s product are the most obvious. Other people within your organization are customers too–people that depend on your work. Do your best to make sure that your coworkers can easily get their jobs done. If you respect the work of others the job gets done quicker, the customer is happier, business grows, and your position improves. Most jobs in today’s economy involve customer service. Whether you work as a waitress in a restaurant or in sales for a telecommunications firm, you are working with customers. Learning how to work with others is key to success in these types of positions. As an employee, you are a representative of your company. As that company’s ambassador, your behavior is watched carefully by your customers. If you treat them badly, then they will assume that the company is at fault. As a result, you will lose their business. Most people will tell at least ten people about an unpleasant circumstance with a business. Your customer service attitude can make a big difference in your company’s profitability.

Attitude

Perhaps the most important factor is a positive attitude towards your employer and your responsibilities. Whenever people are enthusiastic about their job, they inevitably do it better. Customers will respond to a positive person, conduct repeat business, and recommend businesses that they like. A simple smile will go a long way in making an unhappy customer happy again. Company fit is important. As you learn about your job requirements, take the time to also learn about your company culture. Notice how things get done in your company. Get to know your coworkers, as your attitude towards your peers is also very important.

In every job, there are responsibilities and/or coworkers that you won’t like. Your ability to accept those negatives and still thrive and deliver quality work to your employer is valued and appreciated. It will certainly be considered when it’s time for a raise or promotion.

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