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How To Make An Impression & Get Promoted At Work

Updated on September 5, 2014

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Keep busy at work and be organised
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Putting In The Hours & Effort In Your Job

A few simple steps and guidelines can mean all the difference when starting out in a new job and looking for career development as opposed to being dismissed and being unemployed.

When starting a new job, whether it be your first or last job, the best way to make a good impression and succeed is to put in the required hours and work to your full potential. Employment and positive growth in the workplace involves working as hard as you can during the required work hours. It can be tempting to be lazy and not care, however, most employers will look at this as a sign that you don't want to be there and will consider firing you from your job. Even when things may be quiet at work, it is important to show that you are keen and keep asking for more work or find additional jobs to do.

When working, make sure you stay back after hours if required, especially in your first 3 to 6 months. Employers and managers want individuals who they feel will make a difference and get the job done. Someone who is packing up 15 minutes early every day will leave a negative impression, especially when they may have piles of work still remaining on their desk. This doesn't mean you should over work yourself but be organised and ensure the job gets done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Be Organised At Work

Showing that you are organised will leave a positive impression on managers and employers. Keeping your work environment neat and tidy shows that you know what you are doing and that you are not overwhelmed with the amount of work you have. For example, filing your loose documents in folders or trays on your desk will show that you are organised as opposed to leaving loose papers taking up the entire work space or desk.

Be Proactive At Work

Showing that you are proactive at work will show that you are interested in your job and your career with the business. Signs of proactiveness include:

- Working outside standard office/work hours

- Asking for more work to do

- Managing your workload efficiently

- Asking questions about the work

- Finding solutions to get the job done more efficiently

Being proactive at work will not only increase your chances of getting a promotion, but also give you the opportunity to develop as a person within the company and meet new people. Staff who are in higher positions will generally engage with more employees than junior staff members. Managers also have greater decision making influences and authority.

Showing An Interest In Your Job

Be interested in your job and show that you are committed. Employers will look at your attitude towards work as a sign of your ability and interest. For example, if you are always turning up to work late, sitting back in your chair and using your mobile phone for personal calls, your employer will get the feeling that you would rather be some where else. The majority of employee dismissals involve poor work performance and a poor attitude towards work. Keep on your toes! Stay interested, smile and communicate positively so as to connect with your manager.

Work With Other Employees

Being at work doesn't mean you need to do everything yourself. Working with other employees and showing that you can work effectively in teams and individually will allow your manager to think that you have the required communication and team building skills required in the job. Working with other employees will also show that you have the ability ask questions & to go to other sources to solve any issues as opposed to being stuck on the same problem. Networking with other employees & stakeholders is essential when developing your career and skills in the workplace.


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