5 Tips for Keeping a Job

Ed Quintavalle - Senior Consultant ·

Finding a job doesn’t always come easy, especially in today’s competitive job market. It can also be difficult to decide on a career. In fact, most of us never stop asking ourselves that age-old question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

With so many resources available, job searches aren’t just about the classifieds anymore. Jobseekers must use every resource possible to widen their job search: networking, social media, recruiters, job listings and employer contacts from workforce agencies.

State and local workforce agencies offer full-service, one-stop assistance with skill assessments, training, job counseling and job placement. Many non-profits also provide services. These organizations often offer assistance for those who need to overcome specific barriers to employment. Ultimately, what kind of job you decide is best for you depends a lot on who you are, and your satisfaction on the job. It pays to map out career goals and aspirations, and figure out exactly what steps are needed to get the job you want, because you really can make it happen!

But landing that job opportunity is just a first step. Keeping the job as you continue to work towards your career goals can prove challenging for some. You must strive to demonstrate to your supervisors that you are a good worker – a fast learner who is dedicated to self-improvement. Let your actions demonstrate that you’re serious about your career by following these five tips:

  1. Show Up Every Day – By being consistently responsible, you gain the respect of your employer.
  2. Be On Time – Promptness shows that work is your top priority.
  3. Be Ready For Work – Your performance depends on your attitude.
  4. Be Willing To Learn – By developing new skills, you can become more efficient and effective.
  5. Maintain A Good Attitude – Maintaining control of your emotions can allow you to be at your best on any given day.

If you are a jobseeker who has been laid-off/dislocated, or you are facing difficult barriers to employment, there is substantial employment and training assistance through local Workforce Development Agencies. Don’t be afraid to reach out for a little help to reignite your career. And remember, once you’ve crossed that first hurdle of landing employment, try to focus on taking the necessary steps to sustain that employment and build your career!