10 things you need to know to get ahead in a new career

10 things you need to know to get ahead in a new career

Even after you’ve completed your career training and have landed that first job in your new career, did you know that your training isn’t over? You’ve still got a lot to learn and some of the most important skills you need don’t have anything to do with your field training. If you want to advance in your career, you need to know how to be a model employee and team player. Here are 10 actions that could help you get noticed by your employer –in the right way:

1. Come early/ stay late. Punctuality is important, but if you really want to show the boss you care about your job and the company, you need to be willing to go above and beyond. Putting in some extra time means you take your job seriously.

2. Be well-rested. You can’t give your best effort if you’re not well-rested and ready to work each and every day. A good night’s sleep keeps your body –and your mind—sharp and focused.

3. Do your job well. You were hired to do your job to the best of your abilities. Use the skills you learned from your career training program to highlight your knowledge and abilities.

4. Always do your best. Sometimes you’ll be asked to pitch in outside your area of expertise. Take pride in whatever you do! Even if you’re just helping to clean out the office, perform the job well. Everything you do on the job is a reflection of the kind of employee you are.

5. Be presentable and well-dressed. Your uniform or clothes should be clean, pressed and presentable. Now that you’re an employee, your actions and the way you present yourself reflects upon your employer –be a reflection that makes them proud.

6. Ask questions. No employer expects you to know the full scope of your job on your very first day. Asking questions demonstrates that you care about the work you do and want to do it correctly.

7. Learn from the best. Choose someone who is doing the kind of work you would like to do and learn from them. You could even ask them to serve as a mentor. Your interest shows them you’re serious about your job and that you care enough to improve every day.

8. Don’t do downtime. If you have a lull in your day, find a way to effectively fill it with work. Offer to help others or take time to learn information that could help you perform your job more effectively.

9. Be positive. In any company, there are people who bring negativity to the workplace. Avoid those people! And certainly don’t contribute to a negative atmosphere. Comment positively when warranted and opt for silence when someone tries to include you in their bad attitude.

10. Be honest. Employers are always looking for good integrity in their employees. Don’t do anything that could be misconstrued as dishonest. Be transparent and open. If you make a mistake, own up to it and learn from it.

At Porter and Chester Institute, we teach our students the skills they need for their new career –and a whole lot more. Check out our career training programs and find out all the ways we can help you prepare you to become a good employee.