As you grow in your career, how can you become a better professional? It’s really quite easy when you know what habits to work on, and stick with them until they become second nature. Your best bet is developing habits that make you attractive to employers—not to mention a more professional employee. So, where should you start?
Five Professional Skills Employers Are Looking For
You can become a more attractive job candidate with the following:
- Be on time. There’s nothing that makes you look more professional than being on time for work, meetings, and everything else that fits into your day. We’ve all felt that twinge of annoyance when waiting for someone who is always just a few minutes late. Make it a habit to allow more time than you need to get to work, including waking up on time and giving yourself all the time you need to get ready before you leave. In the very least, if you find yourself running late, always contact your boss or coworker to let them know so they’re not waiting on you.
- Make deadlines. These are set for a good reason, and if you fail to meet a deadline, it usually affects other people working on the project. But when you meet (or exceed) deadlines, it makes you look organized and professional, and may even make your boss look good to THEIR boss, which is always a win-win.
- Keep learning. One of the best habits you can form is the quest for continuous learning throughout your career and your lifetime. On a regular basis, assess where you are and where you’d like to be. Then, take steps to learn things you need to get there. Or, take the time to learn things that interest you or will be valuable in the future.
- Share your ideas. When your boss asks for input, share your thoughts and ideas. This will help strengthen the end product and add diversity of thought to the project, plus it’s a great leadership move. By speaking up, you show that your professional opinion matters and that you’re a strong player on the team.
- Communicate well. This includes both written and verbal communication. If you’re not sure where to start, first work on becoming a better listener. Recapping what someone has said, especially when asking you to do something or assigning you work, is always helpful. Speak and write clearly, pay attention to grammar and spelling, and stay positive. Good communication is a vital skill in any job.
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