Many people are worried about their career and their future.
Thousands of people have been laid off around the country, and every day we hear more bad news about the nation's financial situation. If you are still employed but worried about losing your job, now is the best time to think about your options.
Here are a few ideas to help you stand out as a good employee, and possibly give you more choices in the future.
Know what is expected of you at work. If you don't know ask.
What can you do to make your supervisor's job easier?
Arrive on time; stay on task; focus on the job.
Get your work done on-time, and accurately.
If your employer offers training that you are interested in taking, make sure that you take full advantage of it. It could be just what you need to reach your goals, and make your boss happy too.
When your work is caught up, ask around to see if your co-workers need help with anything. They might be overwhelmed with work, and would really appreciate your help.
When a co-worker or supervisor has been helpful to you, don't forget to thank them. If they have helped you solve a problem or meet a deadline, make sure you give them credit for it.
During your review, take notes and ask how you can improve. Then make it a point to follow your supervisor's suggestions.
When you attend company meetings
Sit at the front of the room and participate when appropriate.
If you have any ideas that might be helpful, don't be afraid to speak up.
Take notes, and follow through on tasks you are asked to complete.
Are you looking for a new job? Everything at work may be fine now, but you are thinking about having more than just a job, maybe choosing a career. You could be bored with your job and want something new, maybe you realize now that you need to move on. The question is how do you find the best career for you, something that you would really like (or even love) to do.
This would help you review your past work experience and education, and help point you in the right direction. There are so many professions and industries out there, analyzing your strengths and weaknesses would be very valuable to you in your search. Planning your life is empowering, having options is priceless.