A brand new year is here, and with that comes New Year’s Resolutions.

We all have goals that we want to accomplish in 2020. One of the most popular resolutions is to receive a job promotion, which is a noble goal and quite attainable with the right guidance. If you’re looking to step your professional game up, the best way to do it is to impress your boss.

But how do you do it without looking desperate to your co-workers, and also set yourself apart from the rest of the pack?

The team here at Carter Recruiting and Associates has years of experience in the professional field, and we’ve done business with several company CEOs and owners. We know what they’re looking for in a reliable, hard-working employee, and this is what we’ve learned.

1) Know Your Boss – Every boss is different. They’re human beings first and foremost, so start seeing them that way. Study their preferences and personality, and really pay attention to what makes them tick and what impresses them. If it’s possible, go out to lunch with them and get to know a bit about their personal life. These small things can help you majorly in the long run.

2) Pick Up the Slack – In every office, there are things that aren’t taken care of. There are too many things to be doing on a daily basis, therefore some small tasks fall by the wayside. Take it upon yourself to be assertive and pick up the slack. If the fridge in the kitchen is dirty and disorganized, clean it out. If an employee needs assistance with a small task, help them. Eventually, the office will start to notice and your boss will most certainly take attention to that. A leader picks up the slack when others won’t.

3) Always Continue to Learn – A willingness to learn demonstrates ambition. No matter how long you’ve been at your company, there are still plenty of opportunities to get better what your job and get yourself more familiar with the company and how you can help. When the boss schedules a meeting, be the first one through the door, and always be sure to continue asking questions.

4) Start Arriving Earlier Than Everyone Else – A boss LOVES it when his employees are punctual and reliable. That shows them that you care, and you’re also eager to get to work. That’s a person a boss wants to treat well.

5) Be Responsive – Communication is one of the most important aspects of a thriving office, and if you’re slacking here, you HAVE to fix it. For example, if you’re usually a little slow in responding to emails, be sure to keep your email open at ALL hours of the day. Consider turning on notifications so you’ll receive an alert the moment a message comes in. If you’re reliable in your communication, that’s another way to establish trust with your boss.

6) Work Smarter – Sure, working hard is a big aspect of your job, but your boss cares more about the thoughtfulness and creative energy that you put into a project. If you’re working hard but there aren’t results, that just doesn’t cut it. The more you engage in learning about the company and particular projects, naturally the smarter your decision making will come.

We hope these tips are helpful to you to kick off 2020 at your job. What are some other helpful tips that you can think of? Be sure to let us know on our Facebook page!

Carter Recruiting and Associates is one of the largest independent recruiting and outplacement companies in Arkansas. Our headquarters, located in Little Rock and our satellite office in Conway, both service accounts nationwide. We have satisfied clients and references from some of the largest companies in the state. With over 50 collective years of experience in the recruiting business, we have a vast amount of resources and knowledge to ensure a job well done.

Cherie Richardson

Cherie Richardson

Cherie is the owner and president of Carter Recruiting and Associates. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Mississippi and has over 30 years of experience in the recruitment of executive and manufacturing professionals. Cherie’s work has been instrumental for new plant start-ups, as well as building and maintaining relationships throughout the region and state of Arkansas. She is a member of the National Association of Female Executives and the National Association of Women Business Owners.