We all have skills that make us valuable employees and professionals, but are you using your skills as effectively as possible? If your goal is to advance in your career, you need to leverage your skills to the max.
Here are some tips to help you:
- Add "good communication" to your skillset -- You may be the most skilled professional in the world, but if you can’t communicate well, you’re sunk! Improve your communication skills, and you’ll find that many more doors will open for you. The ability to communicate is the most important talent you can acquire!
- Offer your skills to others -- You may be a genius in all sorts of areas, and you can use that genius to advance your career. Offer your skills to others, helping them in areas where they need help. The more help you offer, the more value you provide to your company. The more value you provide, the more your career will advance.
- Expand your responsibilities with your skills -- You should always be studying and learning new things, and you should always try to take on new tasks and roles as your skills expand. The more you learn, the more you can do, and the more you do, the more valuable you are as an employee.
- Share education -- If you have skills in a particular area, they have likely come from your studies. You can share the materials and resources that have helped you to improve your skills, passing the educational resources on to others. Sharing what you know is the key to being the best employee you can be.
- Volunteer for more projects -- Your company is likely involved in a number of special projects, and it’s worth your time to volunteer for those projects. The more you involve yourself in, the more you learn, and the more valuable you are. A company cannot help but reward employees who are willing to do a variety of tasks to further the company’s goals.
- Speak up -- Never hesitate to give an opinion if it will add value to the discussion. You may not be a top-level employee yet, but your opinion is very likely a valid one. Speak up whenever you have a chance, and share your thoughts. As you prove that you can contribute value, you will open the way for your career to advance.
- Study industry and company specifics -- You may not know everything about your industry as a whole, but you should make it a point to learn more about the industry insomuch as it pertains to your company. The more you learn, the easier it will be to understand the big picture for your company.
- Do lots of "little things" -- Just because a task seems small, that doesn’t mean it’s beneath you! The more you take on little tasks, the more "ripples" you will make. All of the little things will amount to big things, and you will end up making large strides of progress in your career.
Follow this advice, and start the year off with a new way of approaching your job. The more you use your skills, the more you can advance your career!
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