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Making Yourself Indispensable

by Sep 14, 2018

Standing out at work and getting the gold star; it’s a nice feeling, isn’t it?

Most of us want to be an “indispensable” asset where we work, at least if you want things like raises, promotions, and recognition for the work that you do. It might appear obvious, but what can you do to shine and stand out, especially to your boss? They’re the ones you should be looking to impress the most, after all.

Alli Hoff Kosik offers some tips in her article here on how to do just that. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites below, but I recommend reading the full article when you have a moment.

Things like this are what make the difference between a temp and a temp-to-perm candidate. Keep this in mind when you’re an any assignment, whether it be for a week or open ended.

  • Take initiative!: I advise our temps to do this every day. When you’ve finished your work, don’t sit there and look at your phone, ask your supervisor what else you can do to help. You can even ask your coworkers if there’s anything you can help them with, especially as a temp.
  • Stay open to learning: Bosses like to see employees who want to learn more. Let your supervisor know how open you are to this, and take advantage of any trainings or seminars you can. Remember that wanting to learn more is a way of taking initiative!
  • Problem solving and positivity: Supervisors (and coworkers) like employees who try to figure out a problem themselves before asking for help. Questions are totally fine and expected, but make sure you write down the information when you get it. Maintaining a positive attitude will help you in any scenario, and the workplace is definitely no exception. If something frazzles you, don’t stomp your feet (literally OR figuratively). Take a deep breath and approach the situation logically.


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