STEER YOUR SHIP

HOW TO GO FROM BEING JUST A TEMP TO BECOMING INVALUABLE…

If you are a consultant, independent contractor or temporary employee starting a new project assignment, your focus should be on exceeding expectations and becoming an integral member of the team. Discovering ways to help your client manager and co-workers operate more efficiently, productively and successfully may lead to becoming a resource that the company considers indispensable. Think of yourself as the captain of your career and manage your SHIPaccordingly.

In the context of your career, SHIP means – Share, Help, Initiate and Produce

Share: Offer your knowledge and expertise without being overbearing. Give enough information to be contributive and supportive of the team’s objectives.

Help: Provide assistance on a variety of responsibilities that are not part of the job description.

Initiate: Take charge and be proactive in devising solutions for business issues and concerns at hand.

Produce: Be effective; get work done on time and within or beyond expectations.

The bottom line is work on adding more value than your client manager anticipates.  If you do this successfully, you will find out that you have just become invaluable, making it harder for the manager to want to live without your help.  This can result in longer project assignments, better relationships with the manager and your fellow team members, and more fulfilling work experiences. In nautical terms, set your sails, navigate your course and steer your ship to port…until your next career adventure.

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