Before you can feel confident in a new job there is much to learn. The first step to success involves taking responsibility for your own actions and behaviour. It may sound ominous, but in fact this kind of approach can be very rewarding and satisfying. That’s because it’s a way of putting yourself in the driving seat, which your colleagues will respect you for.
So how can you give your career a boost while making yourself more effective? Well, Jobsite’s experts have put their heads together and have come up with the following tips, which should help you kick-start your career:
1. Improve your time management skills
The phrase ‘time is money’ is often true. Having the ability to use your initiative to manage and plan your time appropriately is seen as a key skill. You’ll need to think about how you are going to carry out certain tasks and undertake them in the most time and cost efficient manner, which will enable you to achieve more with less.
2. Prioritise your work
This is part of effective time management, and will make life a lot easier. It involves placing and executing your tasks in a particular order to prevent things mounting up and needing to be completed all at once. Stress is created when you become overloaded with too much, so prioritising your workload should help to avoid this happening. You can also increase your productivity by managing your workloads according to deadlines and its level of importance.
3. Deal with things as they come in
Rather than waiting for your work to pile up, it’s a good idea to get things out of the way as soon as they hit your desk. You can also set your own deadlines ahead of any project or task to ensure that you get things done as quickly as possible.
4. Write to do lists or use task reminders in email programs like Microsoft Outlook
When we’re busy it can be difficult to remember everything we need to do each day. You can use reminders and task lists to help you remember what you need to do and by when, as well as to check them off once they have been done. It will also provide a useful record of your achievements if someone wishes to know what you have done during a given period.
Tasks can include a variety of things, including the following for example:
- Routine tasks like responding to or acting upon your emails or post;
- Ongoing projects that last more than a couple of days (for example, you could note down the processes involved and the actions you need to take in order to attain an outcome);
- Development tasks to help you to progress within your role, and which might enhance your value and position within your team, department or company.
5. Don’t be shy but ask questions
If you aren’t sure what to do, or how to go about a particular task, then make sure that you pluck up the courage to ask questions. To leave it until later on could make life more difficult for you and the other people you work with. Also try to read any manuals or relevant internet sites which might hold the answer you are looking for.
6. Focus on what’s important
It is crucial to focus on what’s important. So, for example, don’t waste your time on junk mail and emails (although you may need to check it to find legitimate correspondence). If you have the authority to do so, and if they have more capacity to fulfil any given assignments, you can always delegate tasks to your colleagues.
One of the most important things you can learn is to say “No!” While you shouldn’t decline tasks just for the sake of it, saying no to requests that will unnecessarily pile pressure on you when you have more urgent tasks to undertake is important. You will be storing up trouble later if you say yes when you know your workload is already at full capacity. So make sure you are decisive about what you can achieve, how and when.
Your colleagues will respect you all the more for it, particularly if you can also offer solutions to a particular problem in a way that increases the overall productivity of your organisation. Managing yourself and planning your time effectively will allow you to rise above the rest. You never know, it could eventually lead to a much deserved promotion.