Looking To Boost Your Career? Here Are 5 Qualities That Will Help You Get Ahead


    In every career journey, there will often come a point in time when you find that progress has stalled. Perhaps, you’re not getting promoted fast enough or maybe, you’re not getting picked for the important projects in your department. Whatever the situation is, it means the same thing: your career is not getting where you want it to be.

    If you are in such a predicament, there’s a good chance you could be lacking in certain qualities that your supervisors are looking for.

    To help you get started, here are 5 important qualities that we think would be helpful in providing a timely boost to your career.

    1) Communication Skills

    Most of us work in teams and/or with clients, suppliers and partners. Since our success is contingent on how well we can work with these people, it’s no surprise that good communication skills are critical to get you ahead in your career.

    One aspect of good communication is verbal. When speaking to people, are you able to get your ideas across clearly? Good communicators are able to convey their thoughts and ideas in language that is both simple and easy to understand. This clarity helps them come across as more confident and credible in front of others.

    To be a good verbal communicator, it also pays to have listening skills. This means that you have to pay attention to what other people say, and actively try to understand the message they are trying to convey.

    Another aspect to good communication is written communication. With the advancement in technology and the prevalent use of email correspondence, being able to communicate clearly and persuasively in written form is an invaluable skill. So take the time to sharpen your writing skills and start building your professional image today.

    2) Ability To Work In A Team  

    An old African proverb says this “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Great things are possible when everybody works well together. Which is why businesses value staff members that are able to work effectively in teams to get results. Being a good team player encompasses a wide range of skills sets.

    This includes being able to communicate, persuade, influence and build rapport with those in your team. Working as a unit, it is also important to cooperate with everyone else and stay accountable for what you need to do. These are traits which help to build trust amongst team members.

    At a higher level, the ability to shepherd team members to get things done, as well as being able to resolve conflicts in a productive manner, is important too. Those who are able to excel in these two aspects will often find themselves in the position as team leaders.

    3) Self-Starter

    With the brisk pace of businesses today, most managers don’t really have the time to tell their staff what to do in every single scenario. As such, employees who are intrinsically motivated to find out what needs to be done, and take the effort to learn how to get it done, are truly invaluable for the business.

    Take the initiative to ask your management if there is anything you can help with, and take the lead in getting it done. This will put you in their good books, and position you better for that future promotion.

    4) Critical Thinking / Problem Solving  

    At the end of the day, what managers are looking for are team members that can lighten their workload. As such, two qualities that are highly valued are critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    Rather than simply wait around for instructions, cultivate your ability to review situations, analyse what needs to be done, and come up with solutions. When you earn the reputation of being a problem solver, you’ll find more responsibilities and opportunities heading your direction that will help pave the way to advance in your career.

    5) Attention To Detail  

    While it may be expected for team members to pay attention to details at work, the reality is somewhat lacking. In fact, according to the 2016 Workforce-Skills Preparedness Report by Payscale, 56 per cent of US employers listed attention to detail as being lacking in college graduates, making it the second most in-demand soft skill.

    As a busy manager, one of the last things you want to hear is a situation cropping up due to carelessness from your staff. This is why those who earn a reputation for being meticulous and detailed in their work, tend to get more autonomy and trust from their superiors — which ultimately bodes well for their career progression.

    Know What You Need To Improve On

    Shine better in your workplace by improving on the 5 qualities we have highlighted. It is strongly recommended that you perform a self-assessment or inquire with your immediate supervisor to learn which among these you need to develop or improve on. Onwards to success!

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