Wouldn’t it be great if there some way to advance your career without going back to school for an advanced degree, or trying to save your company from a financial disaster? The truth is there are plenty of small changes that can have a huge impact on increasing our value as employees.

If you are looking for a raise or just a sense of more job satisfaction, try these simple strategies for taking your work performance to the next level. They will pay off quickly.

Online Changes

The internet makes it quite to gain knowledge and promote your visibility. Take advantage of some of the virtual opportunities to climb the career ladder.

1. Edit your LinkedIn profile.

  • When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile?
  • Let others see your most recent accomplishments.
  • Do a little research and find the most effective keywords that will make you stand out.

2. Manage your network.

  • Organize your contacts so that you can follow up with that interesting person you met at a social gathering.

3. Show support to others.

  • Networking is a great deal more effective and rewarding when you focus on giving to others.
  • Take a moment to retweet someone else’s message or recommend a former colleague on LinkedIn.

4. Monitor your time.

  • It is very easy to lose track of time when you are browsing or surfing online.
  • Set personal limits on your YouTube, Periscope and Facebook sessions if you find yourself becoming distracted.
  • Remember why you are on social media.

Making a life

In Person Changes

Face-to-face interactions still have an important and dramatic impact. Perhaps it is even more important today when so much communication occurs electronically. It seems that even though we are more easily reached, we are less connected and less invested in each other. See what a difference showing up in person can make.

1. Show some initiative.

  • Identify what your manager or supervisor consider to be the top business priorities so that you know where to put most of your efforts.
  • Find a way to contribute that goes above and beyond your job description.

2. Volunteer your assistance.

  • Make allies by being helpful and generous.
  • Pitch in when your one of your work mates is facing a tight deadline.

3. Speak up more often.

  • Participating in meetings and business discussions will grow your confidence as they bring you extra approval.

4. Radiate enthusiasm.

  • Your supervisor will trust and value you more if you show that you are invested in your career.
  • Think about how your efforts contribute to the overall success of your company.

5. Be grateful.

  • Let your colleagues know how much you appreciate them.
  • Offer sincere praise and share credit for team projects.
  • They will be much more likely to return the favor.

6. Dress your best.

  • Appearances do still count.
  • Pay attention to the office culture so that you can choose an appropriate wardrobe even if there is no formal dress code.
  • One good rule of thumb is to start dressing like the position you want to hold in the future.

7. Take your vacations.

  • According to the Harvard Business Review, employees who take all of their vacation time have a 6.5% higher chance of receiving a promotion or a raise than their peers who are stockpiling their time off.
  • Now, that is a fun and simple way to succeed in business.

The average full-time work week in the US is about 47 hours long.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a way of impressing your supervisors without putting in a lot of extra hours?

These tiny changes can help you do a fantastic job and assist you in finding your very own balance in life.

Awareness and change

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