career rules introverts

“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do!”

Most likely you have never performed on the stage, and you have always tried to skip over-crowded events. Generally, excessive attention is not really your thing, and you prefer to hold your emotions or opinions rather than sharing them with others. Just yesterday you have been surrounded by your perfect comfort zone, but today life makes you step out from your bubble and start integrating into the strange corporate environment.

You would like to fulfill your personal ambitions but you have no clue how to do it with a quite character? Are you in a role of a junior programmer/developer/engineer striving for a stellar career development? Here a few tips to help you reach your goals:

Work hard and look for challenges

If you happened to lose your concentration – then at least pretend to be working hard. Yes, sometimes it is not that easy. There might be many distractions: chatting with your desk-neighbor, going through last summer’s pictures on your phone or taking a 10-minute break every hour. All of that might sound very tempting to you. Yet the only way to show yourself as a responsible employee is to work…work hard. You don’t have a task? Ask for a new one! You don’t get one? Leave this job! Remember, you won’t be able to make a brilliant career in a place where tranquility and stability are all-time priorities.

Get to know the company fast

The first thing that every young specialist hears is a suggestion to look around, get to know past/current/future projects and go through the company’s documentation. You can give yourself a couple of days for this. Sometimes, you might need a couple of weeks. However, you shouldn’t just sit by idly for weeks or months during your orientation phase. Even if you don’t completely understand your new tasks, it is much better to get down to business right away and figure it out all along the way.

Make your work clear for others

Yes, it might be the case that in the eyes of a management the only thing that counts is the end result. It is still crucial to remember that you have a boss, and your boss has a boss, and then there is also company’s client. And everyone wants to understand everything, even if they have absolutely no knowledge about a field you work in. For this reason, don’t hesitate to use comments, accompanying notes, give clear names to your projects and files. In this way, you will make it easier for the management to appreciate your work!

Be part of the office community

Despite your quiet and shy character, sometimes you need to greet your colleagues, your bosses, strangers, and in general everyone with whom you might have to cooperate in the future. Don’t refuse to devote 30 minutes of your time to learn the names and titles of your co-workers. After all, the more hands you are given when climbing the career ladder – the faster will be your ascend. Additionally, you have to respect corporate rules. Especially in the beginning try not to be late, or leave the very second your 8-hour shift is over. Rather stay 10 minutes longer and use this time for networking.

Stay thirsty for new knowledge

You should never stop your professional development. Let your boss know that you wouldn’t like to perform exactly the same task for the rest of your life (even if you have to leave your comfort zone). Keep yourself constantly updated with the latest industry trends, read professional literature, attend conferences and seminars. In this way, you won’t only widen your horizon of knowledge, but you will also get to know a lot of new people.

Author: Anastasija Averina is a Communications Specialist at askalo Jobs, a global search engine that brings together millions of jobs offers from thousands of job boards, classifieds and company websites

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