SURVIVAL TACTIC #5 - Keeping the Job


Congratulations — Now that You Have the Job, Keep It!


The hard work is not over. Once you have accepted the job, your real work begins. It wasn’t easy getting the job. Now, you need to figure out how to stay in the job. Doing the work is only part of it, and there are other things that will also influence your success with the company.


It is important to note that longevity in a job demonstrates commitment, loyalty, and achievement — all qualities that future employers will value. Whether you’re being evaluated for a promotion in your current company or for a better position at a new company, your ability to succeed in your present environment will help you.


Below are some important things to help you keep your job, and grow within it.



Find ways to expand your knowledge of the company. Ask to attend training sessions, and on your own time, read company manuals. Network with company professionals within and outside your department. The more you know about how the company works, the more you can contribute to its success.


Many companies will offer tuition reimbursement programs. Seek out courses at your local community college that will help you in your job. If you’re in a bookkeeping position, ask if the company will reimburse you if you take more complex accounting classes. This type of development will help your company, and they are more likely to foot the bill.

Keeping the Job


Demonstrate Commitment

Those who take on new projects, get more responsibility and ultimately, more reward. Sometimes, you need to ask your supervisor for more work. He/she may not realize that you’re capable of doing more. Don’t wait for your supervisor to give you work. Be proactive and ask for it.


Make sure that you are completing your existing projects successfully. Your supervisor will not be inclined to give you more work if you’re not getting your current job done accurately. Look for ways to add value. If you see a way to save money or time in a specific task, tell your supervisor. This type of behavior will show your boss your interest in making your company successful.


Problem Solvers

Instead of telling your supervisor about a problem, tell him/her about a solution. Whenever you uncover a problem or face a difficult solution, figure out the solution on your own. If it’s a big problem, you may want to discuss the solution first before acting on it. Your supervisor will appreciate the thought you put into turning a wrong into a right.


Companies want to hire problem solvers. Everyday a manager is faced with a complication of some kind with a customer, employee, or product. Your ability to help solve these problems and avoid them in the future will help your company and career grow.


Customer Service

In any job, you have several customers. Those that buy the company’s product are the most obvious. Other people within your organization are customers too – people that depend on your work. Do your best to make sure that your coworkers can easily get their jobs done. If you respect the work of others the job gets done quicker, the customer is happier, business grows, and your position improves.




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