It's not always about being the first person at work and the last to leave. In other words, it's not just about looking good. It's more about what you bring to the table, no matter what position you are in. Your value will stand out more than anything. That's not to say it will always be recognized or appreciated. Your knowledge base will give you a better chance to advance in the workplace. In this volatile job market, have you evaluated what your expertise is in your field? If you haven't, now is the time before it's too late.
Learn about your company. You should know who you work for and where they came from. Being knowledgeable about your workplace makes you a trademark of it. You will be more apt to be respected when you are on top of things.
Learn the products. If you deal with products, and not just physical products, you should learn and know all your companies products. For instance, if you work for a bank, you don't have physical products but still have products you sell. Even if you don't deal with those products in your position, make sure you do your homework. Your knowledge may come into good use one day.
Learn as much as you can about your field. Know not just what you need to know or to get by with, but even learn what you don't need, as a resource. Build up a knowledge bank for a rainy day when it may come in handy. By doing this, it will give you ways to suggest some new and fresh ideas that you can bring to the table when they are needed. This is how you can make yourself more valuable to advance in the workplace. Being able to go outside your individual work realm may put you at a great advantage in the workplace.
Keeping your knowledge stored for appropriate times is important. Timing is everything. Looking for opportunities is crucial but not every moment is an opportunity. Use your knowledge wisely, when it is needed. In other words, don't gloat about your knowledge or you will be ignored. Be patient and your homework will all pay off. Be on your toes when those times come to speak up though. Remember, the job market is tough and there are lots of people just waiting to get a job, your job. So it has become necessary to step up to the plate and do more than in the past. Employers are now looking for elite not average employees. Chances are they will find them if you don't become one.
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