Working in the Staffing Industry we are often asked how one can “move up” with a company. Being that many of the positions we staff are entry-level and/or temporary positions, this is a very relevant question. Here are some tips that I believe can help get you to the next level in your career.
- Research the Company – If you’re going to an interview or a temporary assignment, find out more about the company. Most companies have websites where you can find a good deal on information.
- Dress the Part – Even if you’re not required to. Dressing the part shows that you’re serious and that you want to portray a professional image of yourself and the company that you’re working for. It is always important to be professional, no matter how casual the workplace.
- Ask Questions – Make sure that you are clear on tasks that you are assigned. It’s better to ask questions than to assume you’re doing something correctly.
- Develop Relationships- Your co-workers, especially those in management positions, are great resources for both information and networking. Learn from them!
- Take Initiative – If you have completed the task at hand, ask for more to do. If there is no one to ask, look for projects that can be done. Organizing the supply cabinet, cleaning, filing, etc. There is always something to do. Also, don’t be hesitant learning new skills! Developing your skill-set will not only expand your horizons, it is a great way to practice initiative and will be looked at positively by your employers.
- Volunteer for Special Projects – Supervisors usually appreciate people with a can-do attitude. This also demonstrates that you are a team player, something companies place a lot of value upon, especially when it comes to senior positions.
- Don’t Give Up – It can take months or even years to get into the role that you truly desire. But being consistent in your efforts for the betterment of the company and the team will not go unnoticed. Plus, as an added bonus, the better the work translates to a healthier workplace that everyone enjoys! Hard work and perseverance pay off.
One thing I always tell candidates is that working through a staffing agency is a great way to “test” different companies. Even the one day or short-term assignments can give you a sense of what a company is about. It’s a great way to find out which companies you’d be interested in on a permanent basis.
The following links are for two articles covering the steps to promotion which not only helped in the construction of this blog, but also delve further into the subject:
Now go forth and land that promotion!
Erin Gilligan, Staffing Associate