You have every reason to rejoice because you’ve landed a fantastic job. Take a night out on the town. Enjoy a delicious supper with your companions. Raise a glass to your own future success. But bear in mind that, while you may have outwitted the job market in the near run, you’ll need to consider the long term as well. That’s correct, outwitting the labor market is a lifelong endeavor. You’ll have to scheme and strategize strategies to stay ahead as long as you’re in the workplace.
Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as it appears. The suggestions below are a fantastic place to start when it comes to taking advantage of the chances that your new employment will provide, as well as creating a few of your own.
PERFORM REGULAR CAREER SELF-EVALUATIONS
Why not have annual career examinations the same way you go to the doctor once a year for a comprehensive medical examination? The self-appraisal is a means to keep track of your ongoing professional accomplishments and ambitions. Make a list of the abilities and experiences you aim to gain from your employment and where you want to be in the following year at least once a year.
You can determine the rate of your professional advancement by comparing this list to what is actually happening. If your job is assisting you in achieving the majority of your targeted professional objectives, you are on the right track. If, on the other hand, there are significant differences between your “wish list” and your “reality list” over a long period of time, you might want to reconsider your job hunt.
One management consultant claims that she takes a personal day every six months to conduct self-evaluation. “I normally spend my days outside, either at a park or on a hike. I bring my shopping list with me. I’m able to be more objective away from work and the normal interruptions at home. I can be truthful with myself about where my job is headed, where I want to go, and whether those two paths intersect.”
It also doesn’t harm to think long-term. In five, ten, or twenty years, where do you want to be in your career? What can you do right now to get ready for these objectives? Considering both the distant and immediate future can assist you in making key career decisions. “I have a basic concept of where I want to go, using age as a gauge,” explains a thirty-one-year-old professional who works for a big accounting firm.
For example, by the age of 35, I aim to be in a management position. I’ll have to evaluate certain things if I’m not there in a few years. Why haven’t I gotten a promotion? Is it possible that I’m not performing at the [required] level? Is it possible that the corporation is overlooking me due to circumstances beyond my control? If that’s the case, I’ll have to look for another job to keep me on track.” Short- and long-term career appraisals are a regular aspect of this employee’s work life, as they are for many others.
REVIEW YOUR PERFORMANCE REVIEWS CAREFULLY
Job performance reviews are a common part of the cycle for many employers, especially major corporations. Your employer, as well as your colleagues and subordinates, will evaluate your on-the-job performance every six months or once a year based on qualities such as leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. In some ways, you’ll be graded similarly to how you were graded in school.
It’s natural to be apprehensive about performance evaluations. You will, however, be neglecting their impact on your job chances if you choose to dismiss them. When it comes to promotion and raise conversations, performance assessments are often strongly weighed. If you want to advance in your career, don’t be passive when it comes to performance assessments. Face them squarely in the face. When your talents are highlighted, be gracious, but focus more on the areas where you need to improve. Make an attempt to improve your presentation skills, for example, if your boss believes they’re lacking. Attend a public speaking seminar; perhaps your employer will pay for it.
There are a number of things you can do to improve your perceived deficiencies in the workplace: Read a lot of books. Attend lessons. Enroll in a variety of online courses. Seek assistance from those who are knowledgeable in the areas you are attempting to mold and sharpen. Throughout the process, make sure your boss is aware of your efforts to develop yourself. Don’t assume she’s aware of your efforts and will automatically evaluate them in your next performance assessment.
What about those months when there aren’t any reviews? Don’t wait for your boss to bring up the subject of your job performance. ‘Am I working up to your expectations?’ approach your employer and inquire. Do you have any advice for how I can improve my performance at work?” Being proactive about your personal development is an excellent strategy to gain attention for the correct reasons.
And, while we’re on the subject of being noticed, preserve a copy of any compliments you receive in an e-mail, letter, or memo. Maintain a folder for the sole purpose of collecting items that demonstrate your worth to the firm and your ongoing development. Keep a copy of your performance evaluations as well. This folder will help you persuade future employers that you’re worth hiring the next time you go job hunting.