Becoming a valued team member

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Employers are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating their bottom lines, so as with any team, it is important for professionals to prove their worth to the business during the interview process and after securing the job. Before an interview, it is important to ensure you understand the particular needs and goals of an organisation in order to focus on how you can demonstrate your value to a potential employer. Understanding what the company wants to achieve should start when you first speak to your recruitment consultant who will be able to provide you with a solid basis for the interview process.

Once you have a solid understanding you can then decide on the best ways to make yourself an indispensible member of the team. Adding value in an organisation is not only about applying your expertise but also about your productivity and the profit you can make the company. Simply completing the responsibilities listed in your job description will not be enough to make you a valued team member.

Before an interview, it is important to ensure you understand the particular needs and goals of an organisation in order to focus on how you can demonstrate your value to a potential employer. 

Measurable to the bottom line

Ask yourself if there are any ways you can save the company money. Is there something you can do to generate sales? Perhaps there is a process that you can take the initiative on to help streamline?

Visibility: Be visible in the organisation. Instead of sending an email, walk over to your colleague’s desk, volunteer for extra project activities outside your job description or represent your team at meetings.

Build relationships

It important you get to know your team. You don’t need to become friends or continually socialise outside of work hours but make an effort to be involved and friendly at work.

Enhancing your skills

Seek out new training your company may offer whether internally or through an outside agency. It shows that you are willing to expand your skill set and are constantly looking to improve.

Be proactive

If you’re experiencing a quiet day ask your manager for a task you can assist with. Being proactive can go a long way and will also help with your visibility.
Professionalism: Take your job seriously – be punctual, respectful of colleagues and company property, wear appropriate business attire and be diligent in the work you perform. This also means not connecting with social media or viewing other personal sites during work hours.

Avoid politics

Try not to get involved in office politics. It can be difficult to do but you will be more highly regarded if you avoid the politics and gossip.
Ask for Feedback: One of the best ways to learn is by seeking feedback. Asking for feedback will demonstrate you are looking to improve your skills and that you value your supervisor’s experience.

Awareness

Make sure your supervisor knows about any improvements you have made but remember to remain modest. Try to find a way to let your supervisor know about your improvements without bragging.
Take Responsibility: It is your responsibility to complete any tasks assigned to you, no matter how basic they may seem. Ensuring these tasks are completed on time illustrate that you are responsible, reliable and organised.

Delivery on your promises

Finally, deliver what you promise on your CV and in the interview. If you fail on this and don’t apply your skills and experience to the best of your ability, then the additional value-add you perform will be of little consequence to your overall standing in your team.

By performing to the best of your ability, doing what you set out to do and going above and beyond your job description you will be able to prove your return on investment and be in a strong position for a future performance review.

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