There’s a lot of talk these days about workplace superstars. They seem to leap up the career ladder, baffling coworkers with their ability to please management, profit the company, and work well with others. They’re not freaks of nature, but they are deliberate career creatures who approach every project, interaction, and task with purpose. Want to know their secret? Here are 4 of 8 things superstars do that the average employee doesn’t:
- Study the organization.
It’s important to know about the organization. What its mission, objectives, critical path? Superstars recognize that helping the organization (and/or the “boss”) accomplish its goals will catapult their own careers. But you can’t do that unless you’ve studied the organization.
- Develop a strategy.
Superstars approach their workday with purpose, strategy. They look at their current job as a way to expand their portfolio of experience and skills. They’re proactive in their approach to projects, finding and selecting tasks that will boost their resumes. But remember, they’re also aware of what the company wants, so they hitch their personal objectives to the company’s wagon to simultaneously advance both the organization and their careers.
- Take initiative.
When superstars look at their job descriptions they recognize the difference between fulfilling standards requirements and taking initiative to go above and beyond the call of duty. Taking real initiative requires that you first do your assigned job well. Then you must exceed those requirements in some way. Also consider how you might help others as you accomplish your tasks. And initiative generally requires taking some risks. Finally, you must see the task to successful completion.
Julie B. Kampf, president of an executive-search firm called JBK Associates Inc recognizes that superstars take initiative. She lists ways superstars can be recognized for their initiative: “Bringing a new client to the firm that no one else thought of, or bringing a new product to the distribution channel, are ways to be recognized as a superstar. It’s about not just thinking of what’s current, but thinking above and beyond. If you currently sell to Wal-Mart or Target, for example, you think about selling to the Home Shopping Network or QVC, too.”
- Enhance your skills.
Superstars are proactive in their approach to career development. They look for ways to build their skill set, becoming more valuable employees. Actively seek conferences and workshops you can attend, training you can take, and or designations you can earn. It will not only enhance your skills, but it will show just how serious you are about being a valuable employee.
UAC’s QuickBooks Training is a good place to start
Universal Accounting Center (UAC) has a training program that will teach you QuickBooks quickly, and painlessly. As an accountant it behooves you to know the most popular accounting software available. Being able to list QuickBooks mastery on your resume will boost your value to current and potential employers. UAC’s Guide to QuickBooks Pro is a self-paced program that enables you to become a QuickBooks Specialist, proving your expertise. Talk to your supervisor today and see if your employer can pay for your registration fees. Take your first step in becoming a superstar; enroll today. With this kind of training, you will be able to perform other services like audit service, taxation and other relevant skills and knowledge.
You too can be a workplace superstar. All it takes is reflection on your current approach to your job and the implementation of a few necessary changes. These first four actions will help you get started. Come back next week to read four more:
- Go beyond the call of duty.
- Practice effective leadership.
- Practice proactive followership.