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how do i get good at my job?

what needs to be done with what steps.

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Kumarswamy’s Answer

Define "what is a good job" according to you. Is it good money? good position? or Good impact? or Good Satisfaction?

Take a paper and pen and write down all your requirements for a good job on your paper. While writing on paper you magically get clarity on what you want. You might want to remove some and might want to add some.

It's very important to get clarity on what you want before following some suggestions otherwise you end up frustrated.

Once you get clarity then pick the right suggestion to pursue more.

Post a question specifically on your requirement, you get great responses.
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VINOTHRAJA’s Answer

To answer your question here is my view
1. Ensure your Work- Life Balance, more of us fail to meet either one that will affect both side.
2. Plan and schedule your every task/goal with priority and ETA.
3. Take a ownership of your activity and and being effective.
4. Keep updating your skills , ensure to spend few hours for new learning.
5. How different you are in your Team & Work. Keep effective discussion with Team and Manager on roles & Responsibility.
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Scott’s Answer

Great question, Sharon! It's always admirable to strive for excellence in your job.

Remember, getting good at your job is a journey, not a destination. Be patient with yourself, stay positive, and keep working hard. With dedication and perseverance, you'll be able to achieve your goals and become a valuable asset to your organization.

Good luck!
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Scott recommends the following next steps:

Identify your strengths and weaknesses: Take some time to reflect on your job performance and identify areas where you excel and areas where you need improvement. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you focus your efforts on the areas that need the most improvement.
Seek feedback: Ask your colleagues or supervisors for constructive feedback on your job performance. This can be uncomfortable, but it's an essential step towards improving. Use the feedback to identify areas for improvement and create a plan to address them.
Continuously learn: Take advantage of any opportunities for professional development, such as training sessions, workshops, or conferences. You can also read books, blogs, or articles related to your field. Keep yourself updated with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies.
Set goals: Set realistic and measurable goals for yourself. These goals can be short-term or long-term, and they should be aligned with your job responsibilities and career aspirations. This will help you stay focused and motivated.
Practice, practice, practice: Practice your skills regularly. The more you practice, the more confident you'll become, and the better you'll get. Find ways to practice your skills, whether it's through role-playing exercises or real-life scenarios.
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Trudi’s Answer

Find someone that does the same job as you and does it very well. Find a person who has done the job for a long time. Ask them questions, find out their methods for doing the job. Implement their behaviors.
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Sundar’s Answer

Have a positive attitude.
Practice self-motivation.
Learn from your mistakes.
Develop strong communication skills.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Be adaptable.
Be an effective teammate.
Pay attention to detail.
Demonstrate a willingness to learn.
Display honesty and integrity.
Practice active-listening.
Demonstrate leadership abilities.
Develop organizational skills.
Be creative.
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Eirini’s Answer

Take on new responsibilities within your current role that can help you get new skills and expand your networking.
Keep the confidence. Confidence is the first ingredient for success.
Keep learning. Learning will keep you always up-to-date.
Life and work balance. Rest well in order to work well.
Practise active listening and speak with your co-workers as and when possible. Read and conduct your own research, and ask questions when unsure.

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Alessandra’s Answer

Understand what the job is, clear understanding of expectations, always ask questions, be curious, don't put limits, seek for mentors in/outside your group, learn from your past experiences and mistakes (Keep notes not to forget), take as many opportunities as you can and don't be scared of taking risks, continue to learn, takes classes, stretch yourself.

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Sakthivelan’s Answer

Getting good Job will take time hence you have to gain experience on whichever Job you get.
make sure check whether the place and people are secure for you, how far you can achieve in that job.
Built a strong relationship with the people you are working and get some knowledge from them on each move.
you may get an idea or recommendation from them but for that you have to prepare yourself as well and
educate yourself to next level. Once you complete your work try to ask feedback from them, from there you able to upgrade your work style &
you may know what perfect Job for you.
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Sue’s Answer

Constantly want to learn. Be curious.

Sue recommends the following next steps:

Let your superiors know you want to excel.
Does the company have a virtual learning center.
Watch videos on specifics you feel you need improvement in. ie. how to be more organized. How to write a professional email or letter.
Is there someone in your company or at another company that has a similar position and can be a mentor.
Read books that address qualities needed to excel at your position. ie. stay focused. Time management
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Atul’s Answer

What is it that you do.
Do you work in retail or manufacturing or have an office job.
Apply the basic principles that applies in general without being specific role.
1) Read the job description again and reread it. This is your job and the employer expects that you do this well.
2) Take initiative and do beyond what is required of you.
3) This is the last one - whatever you do - do it well and if you have doubts recheck your work and fix it before submitting it. If you have a mentor at the job or find one to guide you.
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Amber’s Answer

Hi Sharon!

You should have a conversation with your manager to understand your tasks and challenges, the processes that come with these.

Also, it's very important to learn from your colleagues and practice!

And of course, be patient - as good things take time.

Always stay in the learning mode - make sure you never get saturated. Learn something new! Also always feel free to discuss this with your manager.

Don't be afraid of challenges! And never be afraid to make mistakes. Just make sure to learn from them!

Good luck Sharon!
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Jeanne’s Answer

Try to decide and define for yourself what it means to get good at a job. Talk to your manager or coworkers about what it looks like to be good at your job. Talk to people you respect that are doing a good job, what was their path, how they got their, ask for mentorship and for them to share best practices. Always be willing to learn, open mind learn from your mistakes. Reach out to other people to understand the skill sets needed to be successful in your job and once identified evaluate your own areas of improvement to work on those to develop yourself to be the best at your role.
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Yogesh’s Answer

- Understand your duties well
- Don't be afraid to ask question(s)
- You should be always positive and energetic
- Positive Attitude and Teamwork
- Being a good listener, identify & anticipate job needs
- Identify your Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities & Threat
- Seek for feedback and improvise the learnings
- Set ISMARTS Goals (Inspirational, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound, Self-Treat)
- Keep updating yourself with new skills, technologies
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Francielle’s Answer

Start by knowing which critical skills are needed, and the proposal of each activity because as much you know what affects you can find better ways to work on it.
Evaluate yourself against those skills.
Determine if there are gaps in your skills.
Acquire the necessary skills to fill that gap.
Continuously get better and better over time, and challenge yourself. Network, and connecting with mentors or coaches will help you be open to feedback.
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shantell’s Answer

Take ownership of your activity and being effective. Keep updating your skills, ensure to spend few hours for new learning. Being a good listener, identify & anticipate job needs Identify your Strengths & Weakness Seek for feedback and improvise the learnings.
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anahi’s Answer

Getting good at your job involves a combination of skills, attitude, and continuous improvement. Here are some tips to excel in your role:

1. **Understand Your Role:** Clearly understand your responsibilities, goals, and how your role contributes to the overall success of the organization.

2. **Learn Continuously:**
- Stay updated on industry trends and advancements. Attend workshops, conferences, and training sessions to enhance your skills.

3. **Seek Feedback:**
- Actively seek feedback from supervisors, colleagues, or clients. Use constructive criticism to identify areas for improvement.

4. **Take Initiative:**
- Demonstrate initiative by identifying opportunities for improvement or suggesting new ideas. Proactively contribute to projects and problem-solving.

5. **Time Management:**
- Prioritize tasks, set deadlines, and manage your time effectively. Use productivity tools to stay organized.

6. **Collaborate Effectively:**
- Develop strong communication and collaboration skills. Foster positive working relationships with colleagues and be a team player.

7. **Adaptability:**
- Embrace change and be adaptable. The ability to adjust to new circumstances and technologies is crucial for success.

8. **Networking:**
- Build a professional network within and outside your organization. Networking can open up opportunities for career growth and knowledge sharing.

9. **Mentorship:**
- Seek guidance from mentors or more experienced colleagues. Learning from their experiences can provide valuable insights.

10. **Professional Development:**
- Invest in your professional development. Consider pursuing additional certifications or advanced degrees to stay competitive in your field.

11. **Ethical Behavior:**
- Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in all aspects of your work. Trust and credibility are essential for long-term success.

12. **Celebrate Achievements:**
- Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Recognizing your successes boosts morale and motivation.

Remember, becoming proficient in your job is an ongoing process. Be open to learning, adapt to changes, and take ownership of your professional development.
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Pavan’s Answer

The below response was written on behalf of a group of volunteers at HPE.
Getting to know the expectation from the job is a key point to get better at this. Pick a mentor, whom you are comfortable with. Upgrade on the required technical skills as applicable. Look out for certification opportunities if relevant. Understand the gaps that exist in the current role and develop a plan working with your mentor. Break down the action plan into multiple achievable goals. Timely revisit this will help gain confidence and get better.