Having a job is tough. When you find a job that you like- when you find a job that you want to make a career- you have to stick with it, have to make it your own, have to move up and get ahead, never stopping, never settling.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, and more often than not it feels as though you’re stuck in quicksand, always doing the same thing day in and day out with not even a raise to show for it. Thankfully, not all hope is lost- here are a few quick work hacks to stop spinning your wheels and fly to the top!
1) Say Yes
One of the easiest work hacks to start out with is, surprisingly, saying yes. One of the prime reasons for feeling like you’re not changing or developing is that you aren’t. Don’t be afraid to say yes if someone asks you to do something that’s a little out of your comfort zone. You’ll never grow if you never try new things, and you’ll quickly get known as the go-to guy by management.
Be careful, however- this doesn’t mean you should say yes to absolutely everything! Obviously if you can’t handle the workload, don’t put more on your plate. But if you can swing it… try saying yes. Your name will stand out at the next manager’s meeting, and since you said yes to them they may even be more willing to say yes to you.
2) Ask For Someone’s Expertise
Of all our work hacks, this one might seem the most counter-intuitive. After all, managers at work want to see someone who’s capable, right? Not someone who’s weak and needs hand-holding?
Sure. But managers also love it when you ask them for help that requires their specific set of knowledge. As a bonus, it’s one of the easiest work hacks on the list to do! It’s simple. Next time you’re stuck and need some guidance, try asking for help like this:
“Hey Bill, I’m really stuck and I know you’re the best in this area. Can you give me some pointers?”
The person won’t even give a moment’s thought to your request- they’ll be more excited that you think enough of them to ask for their expertise in a given area, and they’ll remember you as someone who appreciates them.
3) Project Yourself
One of the biggest hurdles to getting promoted is simply getting noticed. We often assume that managers know who we are and what we’ve done recently, but that’s not always the case, especially in bigger companies. In a bigger company you may very well just be “that guy in accounting”.
Don’t sink away into company, never to be seen again. You guessed it: work hacks time! just say hello, smile, and be confident. Strike a conversation at any down time. People will know you, remember you, and appreciate you. (And if you need tips being confident, we have just the article for you!)
4) Save Everything
Most of the time when you get an assignment, you do it and then it’s done, lost in whoever’s inbox you sent the final draft to. You probably didn’t even give it a second thought. But you should- these kinds of projects, your spreadsheets and documents, are just the thing to show a manager when it comes time for your annual performance review.
Organization is in and of itself one of the best work hacks, but often it takes time and effort. Not this one! Next time you finish an important project, drop the files in a cloud storage solution (Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive all offer free storage solutions). When it comes to your annual review, pick out the best projects and put them in a portfolio to present to your manager. They’ll appreciate both the reminder of your accomplishments as well as the initiative you’ve shown in putting it together for them.
5) Ask For What You Want
This might seem like a no-brainer as far as work hacks go, but many people forget it. The squeaky wheel always gets the grease, and often if you don’t ask for what you want no one will know that you want it. Your co-workers aren’t mind readers, and they may think you’re content with your current job title and salary even if that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Remember, the worst they can do is say no- and if they do, ask what you could do to get what you want. You’d be surprised at how far you can get with just a little push!
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