Sure, we all want a good job. But do you possess the skills to not only land a job, but to keep it? Landing a job is half the battle; keeping it is a different story. Below are a few tips to ensure you stay on the payroll.
1. Flying solo in a team environment. There is an element of working independently in every office environment, but be sure not to take yourself out of the loop completely. Take the time to get to know your co-workers and participate in team functions. Even if you are in a virtual environment, still make the effort to converse with your fellow employees.
2. Arriving late, leaving early, calling out too often. Life is crazy and things come up. If an unexpected circumstance has you coming into the office late or needing to leave early, make sure this request if noted and approved by your manager or HR. If you are sick and unable to come into work, do your best to get yourself on the mend so you can make an appearance at work sooner than later. You don't want them to be able to function without you, do you?
3. Gossip. Stay out of the office politics.....please. If you do happen to hear the rumblings of what happened over the weekend with a co-worker, cover your ears and shut your mouth. You don't want to be involved.
4. Use spell check. In the day of email, it seems like the art of actually speaking with a live human being is gone. The good thing is, spell check is available to scan your emails to ensure proper spelling. Use it. Also, be sure you are using proper grammar. Nothing is worse than reading something that appears it was written by a 7 year old.
5. Be willing to learn. Always. As times change, so does the workforce. Be versatile. Be willing to jump in when needed. Be willing to learn new things and take on new challenges. Position yourself as the go-to person in the organization. Every business needs a go-to person, why not you?
6. Just do it. Your job, that is. You were given the job because you had the skills and experience necessary to do the work; not because you look like a model or you had on a nice outfit during the interview. You are not paid to just show-up. This may be surprising to many but you actually need to do your job in order to keep it.
Jobs today are scarce. If you are lucky enough to have one, make sure you keep it. Do you have what it takes to land a top job in 2013? Visit http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs for a complete list.