About David Cox

David Cox is a Co-owner of TPB Business Copyediting. He writes to encourage us to apply our multidisciplinary training and experiences to develop our current career role further.

An Expert at Your Job: Seven Steps That Can Boost Your Career

You can take the steps necessary to develop expertise at your job and enjoy the career benefits.

Why is it important to become an expert at your job? I've learned that developing expertise at one's job is consistent with career success. Moreover, I've watched employees in different fields accomplish this goal in the early, middle, and even later stages of their careers. Thus, if you are looking for a promotion or raise, you have to prove you can add more value to the organization. The best way to do this is to continually feed your career with skills and knowledge that show you are worth the raise and promotion.

Career Opportunity: What’s the Potential of Your Current Job?

Obviously, not every job is a career opportunity, but before you quit, maybe your current job deserves further consideration

What is a career opportunity? A career opportunity traditionally refers to a job that provides a chance for you to use your training, develop additional skills, and have a realistic potential for future advancement. I have observed that individuals who identify their job as a career opportunity tend to be more productive, perform better, and advance further than those who don't.

Courage, Contribution, and Your Career Advancement

Courage is often required when employees endeavor to contribute to their organization. Courage is not always about heroic actions with life and death consequences. Sometimes, it takes courage to contribute to the organization and risk failure at work. What you contribute to the organization will ultimately determine your opportunities for career advancement. However, as an employee, it may take courage to make new decisions, assert yourself, share new ideas and risk others’ criticisms.

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