Mar 28, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

You will find that those who are ambitious in the workplace will want more than a job; they will want a career. As a result, they are willing and ready to work.

They will take the initiative to do what needs to be done without having to be told.

If you are at work and you see a tool on the floor, do you stop and put it away? If not, why not? This particular task may not be in your job description, but if you take the time to alleviate a small problem, it will serve you in the long run.

Employers notice small things.

The next time you see something that needs to be done, step up and do it; whether it be helping the next customer in line or updating your boss’s calendar. The point is to act with enthusiasm and without being told.

Make sure you do the job well. Even picking up trash – tossing it towards the trashcan and missing doesn’t count. You have to make sure the job is done right.

What would impress your boss even more is, if at the end of a task, you ask for more! Not only does it show your boss that you are responsible, but that you also care about your job.

I also believe it is vital that while you are at work, you work! Don’t socialize or play online. Simply tend to the task at hand and finish it; then move on to the next task. By doing this, you show your employer that you value company time.

As an additional bonus, you will get more accomplished. Taking initiative is a surefire way to excel in your job, get a raise or be promoted.

It takes time and is a habit you have to build on; but the payoff is worth it when you can achieve your dreams.


“Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work.”

Anna Pavlova