Employee Basics 101

Employee Basics 101

So you’ve found a job. Now what?

Becoming a valuable employee isn’t just about keeping your job safe and staying employed, it’s about long-term career success. Learning how to keep your job safe can lead to getting a promotion or earning a raise. Improving your work performance requires more than doing your job right, getting to work on time, and working as part of a team.   In other words, more than doing just the bare minimum.

Keep your skills polished. Assess your job skills, education, and accomplishments. Is your job training current, your skills valuable in today’s job market, and your performance effective? If your career or job requires regular skills updates or job training, stay on top of it. If your biggest qualification for your job is that you’ve been doing it for years, consider expanding your job skills to broaden your horizons.

Know who’s hiring in your field. It’s important to know your options. What skills, education, and job training are employers looking for? If you were unemployed, could you apply for the open positions?

Track trends. To improve your work performance, stay current on industry events, changes and news. Read newspapers, journals, trade magazines, because the more you know, the more value you add to your employer.

Be positive about your long-term career success. Avoid slandering your coworkers or gossiping about your supervisors. Be slow to criticize your clients, employees, or consultants. Maintaining a positive attitude will not only shine in your work, but can also lead to future career prospects.

Hone your networking skills. Whether you’re planning to stay with your current employer, negotiating a raise or promotion, or looking for a new job, keep networking. You’ll learn valuable information, both professionally and personally, if you stay tuned in with the people in your field.

Keep your resume updated. Even if you’re not actively looking for work, update your resume on a regular basis. Add your new responsibilities, changes in job title, professional associations, volunteer work, etc.

Dress professionally. Take pride in your appearance; if you’re not into the current fashion, ask your partner or a salesperson to make sure you’re well dressed. Even if you’re in an entry-level job, make sure you look presentable and professional.

Practice the basics. Get to work, meetings, and workshops on time. Do your job well. Be reliable, consistent, and trustworthy. If you can’t meet deadlines, get support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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