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How to Dominate Your New Job

When starting a new job, you want to make a name for yourself, right? That’s a silly question. Of course you do. When coworkers know you, it usually means you’re performing your job well and others are recognizing your hard work and dedication.

But how does one go about developing a strong workplace reputation, you ask? The answer, while sounding complex, is actually quite simple. With a little planning and a lot of grit, you can be on your way to a successful career path.

Here are the basic job-domination practices:

Determine how success is measured – You will struggle to manage both your boss’s and your own expectations if you don’t know how success is measured. For some in the business world, success is achieved by hitting a sales quota. For an elementary school teacher, students’ performance on standardized tests may be the determining criteria. Once you establish your success measurements, it’s time to map out your plan of attack.

Write goals down – As obvious as this may seem, it’s an effective way to hold yourself accountable. Once you decide what you’d like to achieve, track your progress and hold yourself to it. And when you’ve put in the time and effort necessary to achieve them, set new goals and restart the process.

Work hard without complaining – If you want to impress your coworkers and bosses, make a habit of going above and beyond right from the get-go. And then take it up a notch – do it silently, without showing frustration or vocally seeking recognition. Employers recognize humble hard work, and reward solid performers accordingly.

Do work that matters – Every job is going to include tedious tasks that you won’t want to complete. It’s nearly a fact of the working world. But don’t let the seemingly less-important duties cloud your view of the big picture. Achieving results is difficult if you’re not working toward an ultimate goal, so make sure that everything you do benefits your company or organization in some way.

Ask for feedback – Seriously. Do this. Your employer will admire your willingness to accept both praise and constructive criticism. You know what will really impress them, though? Soak up the feedback you receive, and work to respond to their thoughts. This may change the way you do some things, and that’s OK – as long as you’re working together toward a shared goal, continual feedback is useful.

If you’re starting a new job and want to start on the right foot, we encourage you to reference this blog. From there, construct a plan of attack and get to work!


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