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Making your job work for you

Your job is so much more than a paycheck; it’s a place you go to improve your skill set, contribute to the greater good, and collaborate with other awesome people. Being actionable can ensure a better future and also re-energize your attitude toward your job. Here’s how to make your job work for you!

Learn as much as possible

One of the best ways to break the monotony of your job is by training yourself to do more than what is required of you. For some jobs, this is actually the only way for you to get promoted at all. To excel in your career, you have to be willing to learn.

Take charge of your own professional and personal development

Take charge of your own growth by investing in your personal and professional development. Develop a plan and goals for your career, and then pursue them. Ask for specific and meaningful help from your boss. Look for assignments that will help you achieve career milestones or learn specific skills. When you feel in control of your career and can see yourself improving and growing, you are more likely to feel satisfied in your current position.

Avoid negativity

Participating in a toxic work environment will increase your unhappiness, no matter how much you enjoy your job. Choosing to be happy at work means avoiding negative conversations, gossip, and unhealthy work relationships as much as possible.

Show, don’t tell

The value of action is far greater than that of mere words. Use this as a principle in your dealings at the office. Instead of bragging about all the things you can do, and then never actually delivering, you ought to show management what you are capable of.

You’ve probably heard people say they “fell into” their jobs and stayed in the field. It takes work and strategy to transition and that can be hard to master without guidance and know-how–so most people just don’t bother. That doesn’t have to be you. Don’t spend another moment being passive and unhappy. Go get what you want.

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