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6 Ways to set yourself up for success at work

Updated: Feb 6, 2019

1. Work on your soft skills

  • People do business with people they like

  • It's important to know how to work with others, view other people's perspective and be able to come to a mutually beneficial agreement

  • Practice listening skills. Most people respond without listening

2. Find Mentors

  • Look for 2-3 mentors that can help you acquire new skills

  • Mentors are great at providing constructive feedback and areas of development

  • Make your relationship with your mentors mutually beneficial by offering help

3. Expand Your Network

  • Networking can be awkward but necessary in expanding your circle

  • Select events to attend that are alighted with your professional and career growth goals

  • Create genuine relationships with people; they are more likely to help that way

4. Work on your career development plan

  • With your mentors and supervisors, put together a career development plan

  • Define short and long term goals for yourself

  • Under each goal, define milestones you will need to reach to accomplish these goals

5. Establish yourself as a thought leader

  • What comes up when you google your name?

  • Make sure your Linkedin profile is updated as it will come up on google search

  • Write articles on or your own blog post

  • Creating content and posting on social media websites and blogs allows you to create a robust online presence for yourself

6. Understand the difference between important work and busy work

  • Work smarter, not just harder

  • Make sure that the work that you are doing is aligned with the goals and objectives of the company you are working for

  • Understand how the work you are doing fits the greater mission, vision and goals of the company you work at

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