Ever wondered how some people manage to turn an internship, part-time or unpaid position into a paid, long term job?
There are certain skills that employers look for in their staff, skills that make them irreplacable to colleagues and the company.
I am not talking about the core factors like being sharp on time, meeting deadlines on time and being polite. To stand out form the crowd, this is not enough, especially in the uncertain job market we are experiencing today.
Keep in mind that the ultimate goal is to become the “go to person” for your colleagues and team members, as this will secure your position in your workplace and show your emplower that you are a valuable asset to the company.
So if you have found the job you really like and you want to turn it into a permanet position here is how to best go about it:
Be a problem solver
- be innovative when a problem comes along and offer a solution
- adapt quickly to change – rigidity is your downfall
- handle disappointments (drawbacks always happen) swiftly and positively
- how you handle mistakes, mishaps, and breakdowns is more important than getting everything right all the time
Take on more responsibility
- show that you put in the extra effort to get things done for your company
- participation and proactivity is always key
- speak up in meeting s and provide useful feedback, which can help you to stand apart form a crowd
Be a team player
- don’t hesitate to assist your co workers, as it will bring you a step closer to becoming to “go to person”
- forgive others for mistakes quickly
- if you need to, brush up on your communication skills to communicate criticism in a “nonviolent” fashion
- Be the positive force that always has a “can-do” attitude
- it will reflect your commitment to the job
- co workers will enjoy your company
And most importantly, excel at what you are doing. If you have found what you enjoy, it is worth investing the time and effort. It will pay off in the end.
Have confidence in what you are doing and learn how to handle criticism which will give you room to grow as a person.