Keep a Job

Success on the Job

While you are employed, it’s important to take the right steps to stay employed and move your career forward. Employers often tell us that it is difficult to find employees who have the skills and strong work ethic they are looking for. So, here are some simple steps you can take to help your career.


Arrive on time, every day. Being on time is so important in today’s workplace. Employers hire you to work specific hours. If you are not there on time, it can mess up the rest of the day for everyone else. Check the personnel manual for procedures to report an absence. Ask your supervisor how he / she would like you to handle the situation. If you are unable to go to work, call your employer and let them know why. While you may have your supervisor’s cell phone, it is highly recommended that you do not text your supervisor. Call and speak directly with him / her to explain why you will be out of the office.

Don't Allow for Distractions

While at work, work. It’s easy to take a few minutes to search the internet for the latest movie times or read the latest news. But, unless you were hired to do specifically that, it’s best to save those things to do on your own personal time. Keep personal calls and texts to a minimum.

Dress Appropriately

Carefully review the company’s dress code and follow it. If you have a question as to whether certain attire is appropriate, then ask your supervisor.

Follow the Rules

Review the company’s policies, rules and procedures. If you have a question, ask your supervisor. The old adage of “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission” could land you a pink slip!

Do Your Best

This should go without saying. But, for some, it is easier to give only what is necessary to complete a job rather than giving their best. By giving your best, it shows the employer you appreciate and value your job, rather than just appreciate a paycheck.


Some employers will provide training to help you improve your current skills and also learn new ones. Take advantage of these opportunities, as it could lead to a promotion in the future.

Say Yes

Take on new responsibilities and projects while at work. This shows initiative and your interest in bettering both your future and your career with the company. But, be careful not to take on too many projects at once.