When I first started out in my career with no A-Levels or degree I had very little skills. Over the years I’ve learnt a lot, and I can confidently say that I now have experience and talent. However, there are a lot of things that helped me on my way before I did. Here are 8 things that require absolutely no talent but will guarantee to help you in next job, new career or current role.
1. Go above and beyond
Going that extra mile is important as not many others do, so you’ll immediately stand out. It’s the best way to get noticed at work and demonstrates drive and initiative.
2. Ask Questions
NEVER be afraid to ask questions. It shows that you are interested and it’s the only way you’ll learn.
It might be an obvious one, but be on time for work. Being regularly late will not get you in the bosses good books as it shows a lack of respect. Either will strolling in at 9am, chatting to mates and then making a coffee so you actually start work at 9.20am. If you start time is 9am, make sure you are there ready with your brew ready to start work at 9am. Time management skills are essential for success.
4. Body language
55% of communication is down to body language rather than the words you say. Make direct eye contact when speaking to someone, don’t cross your arms, give a firm handshake and remember to smile – watch the difference it makes when you do it.
One thing that all entrepreneurs have in common is that they are problem solvers, and the only way to solve problems is to be positive. During your career and day to day work life you’ll come across hurdles and problems. You’ll never find solutions being negative, so change your attitude to a positive one and you’ll soon start reaping the benefits.
6. Help others
You can’t be a good leader unless you are helpful. True leaders are willing to teach, help others and display their skills. Being helpful also leads to more opportunities and builds your network which is vital to career growth.
7 . Preparation is key
If you’re due to attend a meeting ask what its about, or ask to see an agenda. Bring a pen and notepad to the meeting and make sure you prepared for anything that you could be asked about. Benjamin Franklin’s quote of “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” says it all………….
8. Be kind
Some people seem to forget that the general life skills you apply to your loved ones should also apply in the workplace. Kindness costs nothing, goes a long way and is contagious.
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