Landing that “dream job” is only the beginning. Succeeding at work takes initiative and hard work. At the end of it all, showing investment and dedication to boost your job performance can lead to professional growth and a promotion. More importantly, in our current economic situation, it can help you keep your job.

Here are 6 ways to help you demonstrate your competence and succeed at work.

Be proactive to be successful at work

Try to be a step ahead at work. Anticipate what will be asked of you, and offer your services when relevant. Be perceived as a “can-do” person. Make sure you are always informed of what is going on in your company and any opportunities that may arise.

Promote yourself to be successful at work

Think back to when you were hired. What skills did you bring to the table that made you marketable? Remember what makes you unique to your company, and promote your skills.

While it’s easy to get accustomed to a work routine, think of out-of-the-box ways to leverage your skills to improve your company. Even if your boss doesn’t agree with your idea, he or she will respect your initiative.

Manage expectations to be successful at work

From day one, make sure you and your boss are on the same page with what you are expected to deliver. If you don’t know, create your own set of expectations to show your boss, and make changes as needed.

If no six-month or yearly evaluations are set in place within your company, check in with your boss every few months to confirm you are meeting expectations. Document everything, including project feedback from your boss and colleagues, so you can use specific ways to measure your progress.

Learn from your mistakes to be successful at work

We all make mistakes in the workplace. The worst thing to do is try to blame someone else or deny that the mistake was made. The best thing to do is to accept responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them.

Mistakes can help you improve your performance and communication with your co-workers and supervisor. Your supervisor will be very impressed if they see you can bounce back from mistakes and keep improving.

Communicate with your supervisor to be successful at work

Keeping the lines of communication open between you and your supervisor can only benefit you. The more you communicate with him or her, the more they will keep you posted on current events in your office.

Your supervisor cannot watch you all the time and know what you are doing. Send them an email with updates on your work progress and any queries of aspects you are not sure of. You never want to “assume” anything you are not really sure about, and it is always important to know where your supervisor stands on all work-related issues.

Act the part to be successful at work

First impressions is important and make sure you dress and act professional at all times. Your attire doesn’t need to be outrageously expensive for you to have credibility. It just needs to be appropriate to the environment you are operating in.

Consider clean lines and clothing that makes you feel comfortable and it communicates who you want to be. If you’re going for that big promotion, go for it in your appearance as well as your job performance. Colleagues, customers, managers and peers will also pick up on the way you carry yourself and act.

Jappreet Sethi

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