Luck Has Nothing to Do with It

By Ledger, Wendy | The Evening Standard (London, England), April 3, 2001 | Go to article overview

Luck Has Nothing to Do with It


Ledger, Wendy, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: WENDY LEDGER

WHEN it comes to career progression, it is no good trusting to luck.

You need to be proactive. Loyalty on both sides of the fence is virtually consigned to the history books and no one should expect their career to advance with an organisation just because of length of service. Career success is in your own hands.

A straw poll among some of the leading recruiters in the City has revealed this list of 10 top tips for getting noticed at work. They may just help you on to the next rung of the ladder.

1) Don't wait to be asked to undertake tasks Be proactive and seek ways to act on your own initiative, push good ideas forward and keep ahead of the game.

2) Never complain about starting early or finishing late Being at the office just to be seen is pointless but make sure you are seen when things are happening.

3) Never let technology get the better of you Make sure you know how to use everything in the office from the photocopier to the fax.

Master their peculiarities and be ready to step in when the machinery is getting the better of a colleague.

4) Never sulk Moods and tempers will never get you to the board room: smiles and a happy disposition will get you noticed and people will want to work with you.

5) Never complain about changes Be as adaptable as you can. Make it clear you welcome new challenges and take them in your stride.

6) Always look your best Personnel presentation is far more important than it should be. Most recruitment experts believe you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

7) Always listen carefully Pass information to the right sources.

Information from a client that may not seem relevant to you could be important to someone else. …

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