Employees come and go; we resign, we get retrenched, and we also move of our own accord to new opportunities. As employees, we need to demonstrate our worth, not just to the current organization that we belong to, but also to any organization that is interested in potentially hiring us. To do that, we have to invest in our worth as an individual to meaningfully contribute to the company. So, what can you do to position yourself as an indispensable member of the team?
Find a mentor
One thing that successful individuals have in common is a mentor; someone who gives them valuable advice, and who also becomes their sounding board and cheerleader. Having a mentor is helpful because they have often been through the mill and have the necessary professional know-how that can help boost your career. They are also experienced in navigating ‘office politics’, so they can help you to avoid potential mishaps.
Develop your networking skills
Networking is not just about asking your acquaintances for coffee and selling them multi-level marketing products. It’s also about knowing who to approach for help when accomplishing a certain task, knowing who to ask in order to get the CEO’s signature ASAP, and knowing who is to turn to when you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to cheer with you. Bear in mind, though, that it’s not all about receiving. You also need to be willing to pitch in and support your colleagues in order to cultivate great relationships.
Expand your skills
Just like life, you need to learn continuously in order to progress your career. Just because you are an expert in a certain area, doesn’t mean you can’t learn a new skill or two. You can use your network to learn more about how your organization works, learning about others’ responsibilities and what a typical day looks like for them, for example. You can also enroll in classes that will help you become better at what you do, or classes that can take you further in your career. You have the option to diversify your set of skills, just like TrueProfile.io member, Charito Hernandez, who wanted to get the best chances of getting a job abroad.
Go the extra mile
If you stick to your daily tasks and never venture out of your to-do list, then it’s pretty likely that your responsibilities will remain the same. Those who have risen to siccess are often the ones who have gone the extra mile and taken the initiative to learn from those around them, and don’t mind taking on an extra task or two if it means improving their experience or skillset.
Don’t be shy
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Don’t be shy about your accomplishments because you’ve worked hard for them! How else will an organisation know what you are capable of doing if you don’t celebrate it yourself? Be proud of what you have done and let others know about it. If you need our help in showing off your skills and experience, you can use the myTrueProfile page to showcase your professional background.