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You Got the Job – Now Here’s How Keep It!

Posted by Annette DiZinno on July 17, 2020

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Sometimes getting the job is the easy part of employment – keeping it can be a whole other ballgame.
Staying in a job for long periods of time builds credibility, stability and experience, and puts you in a more favorable position should you want to pursue new opportunities down the road. Right or wrong, recruiters and hiring managers view steady employment as an indication of a candidate’s work ethic and ability. That’s why keeping a job is such an important and overlooked part of developing your career.

So, set yourself up for success. Once you’ve landed your new gig, here are a few tips for keeping it long-term.

Keep a Positive Attitude:

No matter what your job is or what industry you work in, attitude is everything. Being aware of your attitude – and how it affects the people around you – is an important skill to have. It shows you’re engaged and ready for the long haul.

Conduct Yourself Professionally:

Behaving professionally doesn’t have to mean boring. Rather, it should mean you exhibit an air of courtesy, respect and confidence. How you communicate, both verbally and non-verbally, should reflect that.

Be a Team Player:

There is hardly a job today that doesn’t involve working within a team setting. Small or large, effective teams play to each member’s strengths and expertise to accomplish a shared goal. Good communication, follow-through and support are how you build trust and strengthen work relationships with your colleagues.

Offer to Help Out:

Raising your hand – putting yourself out there – can seem daunting. But taking on new projects and challenges shows initiative, confidence and a desire to grow. Not only will this help you stay challenged and engaged in your current role, it’ll demonstrate that you’re able to grow within your organization.

Never Stop Learning:

Continuous professional improvement can come in many forms. While traditional schooling – taking college courses, earning professional certifications, or accruing continuing education credits – is valuable, it’s not your only source of learning. Every interaction in our day affords us the opportunity to learn. Reading a trade journal, talking to a colleague in a different department, or just taking the time to observe your surroundings can be valuable sources of information.

Get More at Goodwill:

If you want more tips on finding and keeping your new job, check out the Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers. Here, you can find help on everything from crafting a perfect resume to growing your skills as a professional. Or stop by our Facebook page for live workshops that will help you stand out in a crowd of candidates, land your dream job and grow your career.

Written by Annette DiZinno

Annette has been with Goodwill for over four years working at our Workforce Connection Center as a specialist, promoted to consultant this past April. Prior to working for Goodwill, she worked as a job coach/job developer with a DVR service provider. She also worked in community outreach/business development in higher education, outsides sales in the pharmaceutical and broadcasting industries.
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