Depend On Yourself to Develop Your Career

When it comes to career development, there’s a LOT of advice out there. Articles, webinars, books…mostly focusing on actions you can take to improve and acquire new skills to get to the next level.  These can range from certification classes to simply getting out there and talking to people to expand your network.  While most of this advice is extremely helpful and will certainly help propel you to leap towards the next step in your career, the first step should always be to look inward. To focus on your own mindset and what you bring to work each day.  Starting here first will ensure that your reputation within the workplace is such that you are the first person thought of when the opportunity for a promotion presents itself.

It can be overwhelming to try to think about every aspect of how you present yourself at one time.  Therefore, for this piece, focus on just one: DEPENDABILITY.  If you want to prove to your leaders that you are the one that deserves a promotion then you need to prove to them that you are the one they can always count on.

It might seem obvious to many what it means to be dependable, and how to go about displaying this quality to the people around you.  Even though it seems like a simple concept, there are specific steps you can take to ensure that other people are getting the vibes you are putting out there in the way that you’ve intended.  Let’s take a look at a few of these steps together:

  1. Keep Your Promises – This sounds like an easy step to take, but can often be difficult to do. It is important that if you make a commitment, you deliver on what you promised, how you promised.  In the business world there are always unexpected responsibilities that pop up that require immediate attention and can make it difficult to honor prior commitments.  If it causes you to miss or push back a deadline, if you’ve worked on step #2 outlined below, you should be able to effectively communicate that and set new and clear expectations.
  2. Be Honest & Trustworthy – You want your leaders to know that when they ask you something they can believe you. If they don’t feel like they can trust what you tell them they will never feel like they can depend on you for important and time sensitive tasks. These are critical must-haves to be considered for advancement, and most importantly, for recommendations as opportunities become available.
  3. Be there & Be Punctual – This step is actually as easy as it sounds! Arrive to work every day and on time. If you’re not there when your leaders need you they’ll start to feel like they can’t depend on you.  Simply put, get there and be present, and you’re off to a great start!

These are just a few steps you can take to present yourself as a dependable colleague and set yourself up for success. While they may seem small, they are VERY impactful.  There are endless ways that you can develop yourself and build your skillset, but without DEPENDABILITY, your ability to endear yourself to your coworkers and leaders will be severely limited.  Therefore, keep your word and treat your colleagues with respect and you’ll find yourself rising to the top in no time!

Meet our Author!

By Jonathan Hostetter | Jon is a drummer and sports enthusiast with a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Project Management from RIT.  His primary work includes vendor relationship management and project implementation.  He also serves as subject matter expert for the global referral program.  Outside of work he enjoys music, playing hockey, and spending time with friends and family.  Connect with him on LinkedIn or follow @Jonathan_Hostet.

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