You’ve landed the job, you’ve been there 6 months – a year – two years, but you’ve suddenly become bored. Suddenly you start to question how you managed to slave through an undergrad program (possibly a graduate program), bust your butt to land the entry level position you are sitting in, and are now wondering, is this it????
No. That’s not it. For there is so much more. I mean, if you’re arriving on time everyday, doing your work and signing off at 5 pm, well then that might be it. Eventually (maybe) in about ten or so years, someone may realize that you still work there and might suggest (“suggest”) another position that may interest you. IF you are looking to move up within a company, however, you need to ensure that you stand out among the rest. How do YOU stand out from everyone else? What separates YOU from your fellow peers and co-workers?? This isn’t a time for you to become snakey or competitive (not the bad competitive, anyway), but it is a time for you start thinking about what you can do with yourself to keep ahead of the crowd. Remember that every year you are sitting in your current position, seemingly comfortable, there are a fresh batch of graduates graduating every three or four months. You need to stay fresh, educated and with the times – keyboarding skills sharp; communication and language skills on point; attire nice and professional, and while you’re at it, learn a new language or two.
If you’re walking hand and hand with everyone else, and a very attractive offer or position comes to the table, how are you so sure you even have a fighting chance to secure that position? Think about being at the grocery store . You’re looking for apples. You’re going to pick the freshest, healthiest looking apples of the bunch. The ripest of the bunch. When they all look just as dull and young (the apples, I mean) as the rest, you tend to have a very hard time choosing one, or might even bypass them altogether, opting for an orange.
So your homework – your challenge is to sit down and write what steps you will take to keep ameliorating your performance. What positive steps will you take to keep yourself afloat and a head of the crowd. Enroll in some courses. If your work offers free continuing education programs, take advantage of one. All of these extras can be added to the resume and can work wonders for you. If your resume is outdated and it’s because you haven’t been doing anything to improve your skills in the last little while, you need to get crackin!