Is Your Career “Under Construction"?

A few reasons why you need to work hard on improving your skills and marketability.

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Photo credit: Darrin Atkins

The good times will not last forever. That means that when the next recession hits, you need to be one of the employees that are not let go, that are kept on staff because of their value to their company.

How do you become a valuable employee?

  • Show up every day
  • Show up on time
  • Do good work
  • Get along with others
  • Don’t complain
  • Stay positive
  • Offer to help
  • Achieve your goals
  • Do your best

All of these traits are marketable skills. Think of the workers you know who are missing some of these abilities. Yes, maybe some of them will keep their jobs because of connections or being favorites of someone higher up in the organization. But for the average worker in this world, you’ve got to shine in every way.

In order to get ahead of others, you have got to do the hard work that it takes to succeed. What are some examples of that kind of hard work?

  • Work hard
  • Keep busy
  • Get more sales
  • Get more leads
  • Get more business
  • Promote yourself
  • Promote your company
  • Try harder than others
  • Be competitive

You don’t have to try to rule the world to be successful. But make sure you are giving maximum effort as much as you can. Don’t just do the minimum and think that will be enough.

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This world is all about survival of the fittest. That phrase is not some fancy wording that you see in textbooks about evolution. It is very real in so many ways.

Let’s say you want to survive and keep your job in the company. Here are some questions to ask yourself every day:

  • Can I work harder?
  • What can I do to get more business or more sales?
  • How can I show my value today?
  • Would I want myself as an employee?
  • Would I look forward to being around myself at the office if I were another employee?

The times of super low employment are not normal. One day there will be big job cuts and people will worry about employee layoffs and unemployment.

You need to work today and showing how you are indispensable to the company, to the point where they know the competition would like you in their payroll.

Make sure you are working every day on becoming a better, more valuable employee. If needed, pretend your organization is owned by you and then think of what example you are to others. Be the best you can be every single day.

If you don’t happen to like your current job or position, keep developing your skills and talents while you are there. You can always work in improving your own marketability.

You need to make sure your career is always “Under Construction." Do not ever find yourself thinking that there is nothing you can do to better yourself as a worker and employee.

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