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Become Job Smart

When you’re job smart, you do your job well. You respect and are respected by your employer, co-workers and clients. Check out these tips to become job smart.

Being job smart will help you stand out at work and succeed at your job. Being job smart

  • Makes your workplace more positive
  • Boosts your confidence and gives you a sense of accomplishment
  • Gives you a steady paycheque
  • Increases your chances for raises and promotions
  • Lets you develop your skills and learn new ones
  • Earns you a good reference from your employer when you change jobs

Maintain a positive attitude

Be that person who’s easy to work with. A positive attitude can often be a determining factor in whether or not your employer chooses to keep you on. Show your employer you care about your job and that things are going well in a way that fits your own personality:

  • Treat people the way you want to be treated. Be friendly, supportive and co-operative.
  • Grow your communication skills. Pay attention when people are speaking, don’t interrupt them, and make sure you understand what they’ve said before you respond.
  • Talk about your employer or co-workers in a positive way. Don’t gossip or criticize. Focus on the good things that happen during the day. If you need to give feedback, be constructive and share it privately.
  • Be flexible and open minded. Realize that people approach a situation from different backgrounds and may have different opinions.
  • Stay relaxed, patient, and polite. People respond better to respect than to sarcasm and anger.

Think team

Being a great team member sets you and your co-workers up for success:

  • Complete your tasks on time and up to par. You stand out when you’re efficient and productive.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Your team’s success depends on you doing your job right.
  • Learn to do some of your co-workers’ tasks. If they’re away or on another job, you can offer to fill in.
  • Step in to help complete a project. Helping your co-workers and supervisor succeed at their jobs is a good way to succeed at yours.

Take responsibility

Show your employer that you’re reliable and trustworthy:

  • Dress for the job. Consider the type of work you’re doing, how your co-workers dress and the image your company presents.
  • Look and act confident. Speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard. Look at people when you speak to them or they speak to you.
  • Use your time properly. Be on time for work. Don’t take extra-long coffee breaks, use company time for personal business, or spend hours socializing.
  • Be productive. Keep your work area neat and clean. Plan to do the most important tasks first. When you’ve finished one task, move to the next without waiting to be told. Finish crucial tasks even if you may have to skip a break or stay past quitting time.
  • Warn your employer if you know you’ll be late or absent. Use sick leave only when you’re sick.

Respect standards

Your workplace has standards, quotas and deadlines. When you meet or exceed them, you earn a reputation as a valued employee:

  • Complete your tasks. Be that person who always gets things done and gets them done well.
  • Follow instructions with care. Make sure you understand instructions when you’re working on a new task. Ask your supervisor to check if you’re doing the task correctly.
  • Check your work before you pass it on. Do the job over if you think it’s not up to standard.
  • Be open to new ideas. How can you improve your work? Learn all you can from your co-workers and supervisor.
  • Keep learning, both on and off the job.

Be job smart for job success

Your job smart skills can increase your job satisfaction and also lead to new opportunities.

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