The 5 Most Effective Ways to Become a Professional in Your Field

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 It can be difficult to distinguish yourself in your field, but it doesn't have to be. Follow these five tips to help you stand out as a leading professional in your line of work.

    1. Obtain extra credentials, above and beyond the basics for your job description

confidentbizman.jpgBeing qualified for your job is necessary, but in order to be one of the best it is necessary to have more than the minimum. A great qualification to add to your credentials in nearly every field is a Project Management Professional. This credential will show your boss and clients that you are serious about being the best.

    1. Show up early, consistently

Arriving on time is expected, but showing up consistently early is going beyond expectations. While it may not be noticed initially, soon people will notice your added productivity and time spent. Additionally, if you are one of the first people in the office you have an opportunity to make friends by doing a small, noticeable gesture for your colleagues, such as making coffee.

    1. Dress for success

Dressing for success does not look the same in every field, but there are some overall guidelines that will help you stand out. First, pick clothes that make sense. A suit and tie don't work if you are a chef. Wear clothes that will help you be better at your job. Make sure that your clothes are always clean and well pressed. Dressing well on a regular basis will be noticed by clients and management alike.

    1. Keep track of your regular duties as well as extra jobs

In order to do well in your job, it's important to find the balance between taking responsibility for what you have done and being humble in your accomplishments. One time it is not good to be overtly humble is review time. If you take 10 minutes every week to summarize what you have done, specific tasks accomplished and additional tasks taken on, when review time comes you will have no need to scramble, trying to remember how you have spent the past year.

    1. Give credit where credit is due

No one likes a spotlight stealer. In order to be the best, you have to attract clients and co-workers alike. In order to attract the best co-workers, you need to share the spotlight to create a good working environment.

Follow these five steps and you will be noticeably outstanding in your profession.


About the Guest Author:  April Labarron is a native of Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning. Some ways she pursues learning includes workshops and courses such as PMP certification training.  She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, CA.

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