GET THAT JOB, KEEP IT, and GET PROMOTED
There are seven things you must know and do, in order to get the job. There are seven qualities you must have if you expect to keep your job. There are seven attributes you must acquire if you want to get promoted. And then there are seven reasons why you should consider changing jobs. Learn from one with much experience on both sides of the employment desk. More
Like the title of this book says, my only reason for writing it is to help you achieve workplace success by showing you how to get that job, keep it (if you want to) and get promoted—either inside or outside of your employer—while enhancing your professional image along the way. Been there, done that. You will have to excuse the fact that I use examples from my own multiple careers as illustrations throughout the text. I’m not much of an egotist, but, as I said, I’ve been there and done that, many times.
To begin with, don’t ever forget that ANY JOB has to meet THREE criteria:
1. You have to LIKE what you are doing, and for whom and with whom you are doing it.
2. The PAY or remuneration has to be adequate, or at least commensurate with similar jobs in that location.
3. It has to LOOK GOOD on the next resume, and there is always a next resume.
Availability of jobs, or job openings, is more unpredictable than the weather. Standing in the right place at the right time means a lot, but make sure you are ready when one comes your way. You must have already acquired the knowledge and skills required to do the job. Take advantage of any opportunities to serve an internship in your chosen profession—with or without pay. Interns already have the connections to intelligently seek work positions. Volunteering in the right areas also help with connections—and that is a key word in job seeking; connections, connections, connections.
I knew one person who learned that the key publisher in the organization in which he sought a position was involved in the local “Little Theater” group. The wannabe joined the group and made friends with his potential employer. A few months later he was an editor. By contrast, I knew also a brilliant young man who attended an obscure college getting a degree in chemistry. He kept his nose to the grindstone in his studies, but made no professional contacts. It was almost a year after graduation that he found a job.
Still—after you determine that you want the job—in order to get it, keep it, and get promoted, you need to exhibit several traits.
First, in order to GET HIRED, you have to do your homework. Research and learn everything you can about the organization to which you wish to apply. Make sure they have people like you on their staff. See to it that your resume fits their possible requirements—write it so that it does. For your personal interview, be sure to dress appropriately, and watch your attitude and habits during the session. Do not hesitate to apply for a non-existent job, because one might materialize. Do not be reluctant to temporarily accept a lesser position than the one you hope for, just to get your foot in the door.
Second, in order to KEEP THE JOB, keep in mind that bosses have to be supported, and their orders have to be followed. He/she might not always be right, but they are always the boss. Make sure you perform your duties to the utmost, while going above and beyond to accomplish more. Make yourself so invaluable that in case of a cutback in personnel, the organization cannot do without you.
Third, in order to GET PROMOTED, you have to learn to think outside the box—the “box” being your prescribed duties. Besides having the ability to do the job technically, there are other desirable traits that are sought in promoting employees. These can, in turn, make the employee indispensable. In addition to being the best at whatever it is that you do, as an employee, now and in the future, you should be demonstrating other traits as well. And an employer looking for people to promote will be looking beyond technical ability—otherwise their competitors will have the best people, and having the best people means providing the best product or service!