Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The More You Perform Tasks, the Better You Will Get

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The More You Perform Tasks, the Better You Will Get

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Sometimes it seems, as you struggle toward your goal, that the struggle is all there is.

But there's always the possibility that you might actually succeed. And, as those who have done it can tell you, sometimes once the triumph has worn off, it's followed by panic: "Oh, my gosh, what do I do now?"

Relax. You wouldn't have gotten the promotion if somebody hadn't thought you were capable of handling it. Maybe that somebody was right.

Become aware that nobody expects you to know everything about your new position. If you did, you'd be overqualified for it.

Don't expect you won't make mistakes; you will. But learn from them so you don't make the same ones twice.

Prepare for an adjustment. You'll be performing new tasks and not performing the old ones you're used to. This may make you feel ill at ease at times. Accept that feeling and realize you'll get accustomed to the new job in time.

Finally, know you're going to grow. The more you perform your new tasks, the better you'll get - and the better you'll feel. You'll grow in competence - and confidence.

Q: After 12 years at my company and three promotions, I've been passed over because "You're too valuable where you are." I've now been asked to train a new employee whose annual salary is $10,000 more than mine. I'm 29 and loyal to my institution. What is the most professional way to handle this situation?

A: You have a right to express your feelings to your supervisor and ask him or her tactfully why the company didn't give you the extra $10,000, since you already knew what the new employee still has to learn, and hire somebody at a lower level to replace you. If you don't get a satisfactory answer, put your resume together and start looking for another job. But don't quit until you have another job firmly in hand.

Q: What's more important in a job-search, the resume or the interview?

A: Sometimes you have to have the resume to get the interview, but resumes don't get jobs, interviews do. …

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