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04 Jul 09 Stand Out At Your Job

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One of the best ways to ensure that you become “unfireable” at your job, is to make yourself stand out from the rest of the endless rabble of employees.  If you work at a big corporation, you’ll find that most of the people around you are fairly dead eyed at work, just doing enough to get by and keep their paycheck coming, and with that sort of ‘competition’ it’s really not as hard as you might think to make yourself look all the better.  The first step is just keeping yourself motivated.  You have to be able to decide, and commit to working hard all the time, and always doing what you can to further your position with the company.  This may mean more of a workload on your part, but the time you put in today will pay off dividends tomorrow.

Keep yourself motivated, and keep on top of your assignments.  Finish your projects as quickly as possible without compromising the quality of the work you’re putting out.  A fast turnaround time, especially faster than the boss expects, is a great way for the higher ups to start noticing your name on these projects.  Being faster than your coworkers to turn in a project, and especially if you can keep up the same quality your boss would expect, ensures your boss will start remembering your name before anyone else‘s.

Take advantage of opportunities to do work that you may not even be required to complete.  If your boss offers something that isn’t necessarily in your job description/department, do it anyway, and give it your best.  This shows initiative, and commitment to the company, both of which make you a standout performer the next time your boss is considering who may need to be leaving the team because of cutbacks.  The last thing your boss will ever want to hear is “that’s not in my job description”, remember that, because that response will make you look terrible.

Finally, lead as much as possible without stepping on your bosses toes.  Become a standout performer by taking initiative and helping your coworkers as much as possible.  The more that you help others around you, the more your skills will be noticed, and the better they will appear.

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