Sunday, June 12, 2011

8 Tips on How to be Great at Work and get a Raise


1. Do better job than is expected of you. One and all, the experts agree that this is the prime essential to advancement. In other words, give more and you'll get more.

2. Make sure you do the job your boss wants done. As the personnel manager of one large firm says: "you can do the best job in the world, but if it's not the one your boss wants, he will fine it upsetting."

3. Get along with your fellow workers and others with whom you come in contact. This is very important. Many times people work against themselves in terms of their personality - and, of course, they seldom realize that they're doing it.

4. Be sure your boss knows what you're accomplishing. Often when a fellow isn't appreciated, it's simply a matter of lack of communication.

5. Be able to make decisions. This, according to the president of a job consultant firm, is a must. "you'd be surprised what a rare trait this is," he says. "Most people do just what they're told and pass all the decisions on the next fellow."

6. Look for responsibilities beyond your present assignment. The manager of an executive recruiting firm strongly recommends this to the young person on the way up. "A young tiger in the accounting department might say to their chief, "If you need any help in the credit union plan, just let me know." In from five to seven years, this expert predicts, "she'll be head of the plan."

7. Study at night and keep well-informed. "It's also wise," adds another personnel officer, "to get involved in the community you live in. I don't mean just joining things, but really contributing your talents to the library, the hospital, and any good fund-raising project that comes along."

8.  Look for opportunities to take on responsibilities that go beyond your current job description. Gain more visibility by taking additional training, or signing up for in-house seminars. Make sure your boss knows about these career expanding activities.

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