You might have been told work hard and you will get on in your career.
Once upon a time that might have been perfect advice. These days perhaps less so.
You see working hard is really just the norm. It’s expected and if you are not having to work hard then that in itself might be an issue as you might find that you are out of a job if the organisation needs to make savings.
If you are serious about success in your career it’s vital to pay attention to the following in my experience.
Be willing to operate beyond the boundaries of your job description
The average person does what is asked of them. The person who gets on and builds a successful career actively seeks opportunities to operate above and beyond the strict boundaries of their job description.
They understand that it’s not just about proving that you can do the job you are currently in but capable of operating at a higher level.
Be focused on contribution not tasks
Many turn up and go through the motions of work. They might well work hard and do a lot of valuable work.
By contrast the individual who is career focused will consciously thinking about their contribution and added value.
Ultimately they will be actively seeking ways of making a bigger contribution towards results and success of a team or organisation.
Many managers struggle with too much to do and too little time. Some also struggle to delegate.
One of the reasons they find delegating tough is that they worry that others will let them down.
Being someone who is trustworthy and will deliver when work is delegated will make you stand out.
Be aware of your manager’s goals
If you are someone who goes out of their way to help their manager look good then the greater the likelihood that their manager will help you succeed.
Reciprocity is a big motivator so make it work for you.
In truth working hard is important but it’s not ultimately what will mean you are successful in your career.