Getting a job these days is extremely difficult. What is even more difficult is sticking around long enough at the job. No one is indispensable, and if you don’t perform well, there are hundreds more waiting to get the job. Being the bread winner, men have to face this pressure more. Here are some tips that would do you good, if followed:
Cracking the Interview: The golden rule here is, to be honest. The interviewers do not want to hear what will please them, So, do not try to butter them up. They are also put off by boasting. Therefore, be honest about your views and opinions.
Age-Wise Attitude- When you are young and have just entered the company, it is highly advisable to observe and learn as much as you can. Find yourself a professional mentor who can guide you. Try and build on your professional presence. Be active, spend more time with your boss, be helpful to your juniors. The golden advice for all, irrespective of seniority, is to stay clear of office gossip and politics.
Keep a check on the attitude: There is no need to be arrogant, and a know-it-all. Be friendly, confident, and genuine.
Learn to say no: You need to have a pleasing personality. But, avoid trying to please all. Try and learn the art of saying no firmly. Too much of “yes” will make people take you for granted, and you will find yourself overloaded with a lot of work.
Do not underprice yourself: If you feel that you deserve a raise, go ahead and ask for it. Do not be afraid to ask for your worth. Often at interviews, employers cancel out candidates who underprice themselves, as it shows that they will probably not perform to the expected levels.
Blow your trumpet: With all humility make sure you take what is rightfully yours. If you don’t take credit for the work, no one will give it to you. Worse, someone else may take it!
Create boundaries: Keep your work at the office. Do not bring work home. Often at the outset, to please bosses, one ends up working overtime or worse, working at home. It is important to keep both the parts of your lives separate.
Keep fit too: Don’t let your job take a toll on your health. Working late, sitting at the same place for hours, can be harmful to the heart. Learn to unwind periodically. Setting goals are easy. What is needed is the determination to follow the rules you have set for yourself. The way to success at work is taking the ladder, one step at a time. There is no elevator here.
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