How do you find a job and keep a job? Is just about sending a CV out and going for an interview? Unfortunately this is not enough.
I recently read an article written by a LinkedIn influencer stating that one should only think of ones self when making career choices, as it is your life and all others don’t count. This is a very dangerous approach.
So here’s my 12 Rules for Building a Solid Career
1. Make sure that you get yourself educated in the field that you would like to work in, This does not merely mean a pass with a certificate. The ranks of the unemployed are littered with those flashing certificates. Make sure you study so that you can apply what you have studies.
2. Never ever burn your bridges. Always keep a a good relationship with past, present and future employers.
3. Although money makes the world go round, ironically you will not get your hands on any if that’s all you think about. Remember that you get money for producing some kind of product at work, so logically you need to focus on producing better products and more of them.
4. There is no easy way to becoming successful. You need to be competent and prove yourself and earn a good reputation. This will get you to where you want to go in your career.
5. Don’t jump ship at the first sign of trouble. Be loyal to your employers and contribute to keeping the ship afloat.
6. Think of other people around you and consider them as people who are just like you, also trying to succeed. Form groups of like minded individuals and support one another.
7. Stay honest and straight. there is nothing that will ruin your career faster than some dishonest conduct on your record.
8. Learn proper office and workplace etiquette. Know what is ok and what is not when it comes to things you say and around whom. Also know when to shut the hell up. Sometimes, not always, shutting up is the best approach.
9. Never act spontaneously in an emotionally charged situation. Wait a day or two before answering that nasty email from a colleague or a client. First cool down and then put a communication together that defuse the situation rather than antagonize.
10. Never get too big for your boots. Stay grounded and know what you position is on the ladder to success. This does not mean allowing yourself to be exploited. It means that you shouldn’t expect promotions that are not in line with your experience and qualifications.
11. Always respect everyone. Never talk in a condescending fashion to anyone above or below you. You don’t like that and neither do they an it in fact a sign that the person is not yet ready to lead. Great leaders respect others.
12. Keep alcohol out of you working environment. Don’t drink in excess at any work function. Drinking in excess at a work function has ruined many a career.

I hope this helps you succeed in your career and has given some ideas on how you are going to proceed from here on out.
I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors.
For mor information on Etiquette in the Workplace please email marina@executivestoolbox.co.za

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