Minggu, 05 September 2010

Are You Ready for Your Big Break?

by Caroline Levchuck, Yahoo! HotJobs

There's no single formula for success in the business world. On any given day, you may be given a unique chance to prove yourself; however, you may not always recognize it as such. Don't despair; there are steps you can take to make sure you maximize every opportunity you're given at work.

1. Make your boss look good -- even when she doesn't.

Your boss may be many things, from smart and talented to irritable and disorganized. Whatever the case may be, it's likely that any raises or promotions you may receive in the future will be at her recommendation. Keep this in mind as you work alongside your supervisor and do your best to help her shine -- even when she doesn't deserve it. If you have a chance to show up your boss but don't take it, she'll always remember it.

2. Follow through even when you don't want to.

Most professionals don't always have total control of what they work on, and you're probably no exception. Your boss may give you a big project and ask you to run with it, despite the fact that you may want to run away from it. Don't. Do whatever it takes to successfully complete the project. It's likely your boss is quietly evaluating your attitude and performance.

3. Take ownership of an odd project or two.

Are resources stretched thin at your company? Is there a project that never seems to get anyone's attention or energy? Maybe it's an unruly filing cabinet or a supply closet. Or perhaps it's something bigger -- like your corporate Web site. Step up and make the project your own.

If it's outside the scope of your skills, assess how much it would cost to resolve the issue or recruit your coworkers to lend a hand. In taking this on, you'll gain unique knowledge and perhaps even forge your own relationships that will make you a more valued employee.

4. Remember that patience is a virtue.

If you've just put out a particularly big fire, you may be anxiously awaiting some serious kudos from your supervisor. Just sit tight and let your boss acknowledge you on his own terms and in his own time frame. You may not immediately receive a raise (or even a pat on the back). Don't let that deter you from continuing to seize opportunities around the office. The powers that be will notice that you identified and/or resolved a long-standing problem, which will help pave your path to management.

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