It’s easy to turn up to work every day, put in your hours, then forget about your job until the next morning. In fact, it’s so easy that this is exactly what most people choose to do with their careers. The problem is that “just getting by” won’t prepare you to move forward with your job and limits the possibility of progression within your company when compared to someone who proactively tries to improve the way they work. We’ve come up with some methods to help you get more out of your job:
1. Upskill yourself through an online course
Online courses are becoming an increasingly popular way for individuals to improve their understanding of various parts of the industry they work in, but also to learn new skills which can later be applied to their job. Looking to develop your professional skillset will not only benefit you in the long-run but also shows your employer your commitment to your job.
You have a lot of choice when it comes to online courses, and you’ll find that many of them tend to be quite low-priced or at times completely free.
2. Make a name for yourself on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is the world’s largest social network for professionals to connect with each other, share their expertise and stay up-to-date with the latest topics that affect their career. Create a profile if you don’t have one already, and connect with some new companies and individuals to have the latest knowledge delivered to your home page feed. Don’t be afraid to interact with them either – LinkedIn discussions are a great way to gain valuable knowledge and make people remember your name.
3. Explore mentoring opportunities
Ask within your business to see if there are any chances for you to act as a manager of sorts to a new colleague or recent graduate who has joined the company. Not only will this help (and express) your leadership skills, you will also have people to back up your claim.
4. Build new relationships
Taking the time to foster new relationships with your colleagues can go a surprisingly long way to helping you enjoy your job more. Research shows that building up new relationships, even if they’re only short-term, can make your job feel far more enjoyable. Take the time to get to know your workmates better – if anything, you’ll be helping yourself stand out more in your industry and your workplace by making yourself a known quantity.
5. Change the way you think about work
A large portion of job dissatisfaction can be attributed to thinking about your job in a negative light. Instead of dreading the day ahead, think about which of the challenges that lie ahead of you excite you. If you can think of some, try asking your boss if it’s something they would be happy to allow you to spend more time on. If you can’t think of anything, perhaps it would be a good idea explaining to them that you don’t feel challenged in your current position. Taking on an additional workload isn’t a bad idea if it’s something you’ll actually enjoy doing.
If you’re looking for a new opportunity, NRL are here to help. With our suite of job hunting tools like Job Alerts and Jobs of the Week, finding a new role has never been easier. To start taking the next step in your career, take a look at our vacancies page.