One of the things I have always prided myself on, wether it be in full time advertising, freelance, publishing, media or my own businesses, is being someone who has never been able to be boxed into a job description. Much to the liking and dislike of many employers. :)
I am going to talk to you guys today about not limiting yourself to your job description.
I was lucky enough to have a internship at an advertising agency that had not really done them before, so the job description was all over the place to start and this allowed me to begin to write my own job spec. Ever since then I have always hated being locked into a strikt job spec.
I am of the belief, that your job is to add value greater than your pay. And if you are someone who does that by doing one thing really well, then amazing! But if you are like the rest of us: here are 6 tips and tricks for making a job your own.
1. ALWAYS UNDERSTAND HOW YOU MAKE MONEY AND ADD VALUE TO THE BUSINESS:
A lot of the reasons why people loose their jobs is, because they forget that they are in a business that is only really around to make money. No matter what brand documents and your bosses are saying to motivate you, at the end of the day you are in that business to make money or add value that helps to make money.
You are either building your own dream or someone else is hiring you to build theirs. If you are like me and that notion bothers you a little, that is a good thing. You just need to do it till you have learnt the tools to build your own dream and hire other people to help you build yours.
2. BE A GIVER NOT A TAKER:
Only 8% of people in the work force consider themselves 'a giver'. So that means most of you are working with 92% of 'takers'! Now tell me, if that sounds like a fun environment to work in. It is, however, an opportunity to win. It is very common for people to be givers in the private life, but they tend to be a taker in the work force. They know their rights and don't stray from their description and given tasks. Most people in most office buildings are average and that is not because they are average people, but because they feel that just doing the job is enough. Again: they forget why they are there. And that is to add value and make their boss look good, so he can make you look good.
3. BE THE GLUE:
This can be really hard in some places for some people, due to personality issues and if it feels forced don't do it. The reason why this is important is people who just do their job are replaceable, people who help in a couple different lanes become invaluable and help you get noticed by more people than just your department. That's why you should help with extra work such as social events and things like that will help to be a glue for the business.
4. FIND A WAY TO ENJOY WHAT YOU DO OR FIND ANOTHER JOB:
People can feel your energy! You are in there for minimum 8 hours a day, so if you are not happy, you cant hide it for that long and if you can that is going to take you to a dark place very fast. I am going to do another post on this, but here are the 3 things to do, if you are finding yourself unhappy.
- Find out why you are unhappy (you can't fix a problem you can't articulate)
- Find something you enjoy, more than what you don't like about the job. (Every job out there has a downside, but the upside has to be greater or you are wasting your life)
- Find Another job. (If you cant fix the situation the grass has to be greener. If you are coming from an unhappy place, you can only move on. Even if it gets worse, I promise it has to get better. It is just how life works, it is never the end and if it is the end you don't even know it anyway)
5. LEARN TO ENJOY THE FRINGES OF YOUR JOB:
The more you explore the fringes, the bigger your circle becomes and the more experience you can call on. Life is just as much about knowing what you don't want, as it is to know what you do want. As long as you have your job covered, no good boss should hold you back from exploring.
6. KEEP AN OPEN DIALOG: (COMMUNICATE)
Make sure your boss knows what you want and where you want to be and don't wait until you are 'drunk enough' at the Xmas party to ask him or her. Add value to their life, ask them out for a coffee on your shout, get feedback from them, ask them what you are doing right and wrong. That will then give you a licence to ask them for what you want. And they will love it. People only get worried when they don't know what is going on.
6. KNOW YOUR BOSSES PAIN, SO YOU CAN BOTH CELEBRATE SUCCESS:
Most bosses are under qualified and over worked, so often don't have time or know how to ask you to do the really valuable tasks. Therefore, get to know your bosses pain and struggle, so you can help fix his problems. Whether that be meeting budget, getting new clients, or just getting tasks done faster. Helping them genuinely fix real problems is going to create more good will than following a job description.
So there you have it. Some tips on how to crush your work life and do more than your job description. Who knows - that random task you did once (that was outside the box) might actually be the thing that slingshot you upwards or changes your direction for the better.
Just Know how you add value to the business you work and and you will be ahead of most of the competition.
Thanks so much for reading. You are amazing. Not going to lie, all the messages and Dm's are so rewarding for me. If you enjoyed this article and found it helpful, share it with someone who you feel can genuinely benefit from this.
I am testing a idea that is just going to be tested with you guys for now. but if you have any questions for me since writing is not the best thing for me to do fast i have set up a business whatsapp account so if you have any questions regarding coaching, my blog or any advice you need give me a shout i would love to help in anyway i can. so leave me a voicemail and i promise i will reply.