In today’s competitive job market, employees have tremendous opportunities for career growth. But, if you’re currently working at a company and you want to advance – or at least make sure your job is as secure as possible – it’s important to make sure you’re doing your very best work.

While it can be challenging to figure out if you’re performing up to par or exceeding expectations, one thing you have control over is your efforts to be the best employee you can be. The good news is, there are steps you can take at work to try to become a better employee, so you’ll maximize your chances of professional success. Some of those steps include:

  • Asking for more responsibility. If you want to become more invaluable to your boss, you should look for ways to do work that’s outside of your basic job description. By volunteering to lead a project or taking ownership of key tasks in the office, you’ll make yourself indispensable while expanding your abilities at the same time.
  • Continuing to learn and improve your skills. Valuable employees don’t get complacent and let their skills stay stagnant. They take steps to always learn more and be better. If you want to be the best employee you can be, find ways to enhance your knowledge and explore ways to learn that will help your organization succeed. This could be as simple as reading books or blogs, watching podcasts, or attending seminars.
  • Pushing yourself to do work outside of your comfort zone. The only way to improve your skills and expand your knowledge base is to do things that seem hard and you don’t already know how to do. Always push yourself to take on tasks that seem a little daunting, and you may just surprise yourself – and your boss – with how you grow into the job.

When you’re doing your best to be a great employee and you’re struggling anyway, you may not be in the right position to meet your needs. SmartTalent can help you find the job of your dreams that you’re ideally suited for, so you can thrive. Contact our recruiting professionals today to find out more about the ways in which our team can help you to advance your career.