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13 Ways To Impress Your Boss Without Sucking Up

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Imagine how much less stressed and more successful you’d be at work if you knew some tips to impress your boss.

The truth is all bosses are human, even if they don’t show it and you can’t see past their cold-hearted, robotic nature.

They all have feelings, desires, and pain points. And that’s why you have the opportunity to be valuable to them. Everyone needs something.

The way you get on their good side takes work so it won’t be easy. But everyone reading this, including you, can build an advantageous relationship with their manager that pays daily dividends.

And don’t forget that your boss is the one who holds the key to assigning the best work projects, promoting you, giving you a raise, and advocating for your job security.

That’s your motivation right there to develop and sustain a solid work-relationship with the head honcho. They have the power and resources you could use.

Let’s uncover 13 ways to stand out at work and get noticed.

How To Impress Your Boss

1. Know what they value most

You need to know your target to hit it. And having a clear idea of what your manager values most is your north star in this mission.

For example, if your entire performance is based on how many employees you recruit for a company, put 99.9% of your energy into that and 0.1% of your energy into internal emails.

Most likely it’s obvious based on your job, what they talk about in emails and meetings, and how your performance is evaluated. But if it’s not crystal clear, straight up ask your manager.

But knowing what they want is one thing, executing is the next.

2. Be a top-performer

Why did your company hire you in the first place? Not just to do your job, but to do it well, really well.

So if I were you, each time I’d get a project or a task I’d ask myself, “How can I go above and beyond what they asked?”

Simply asking that question should get your head in the right place to be a top-performer. Then hustle like this company owes you nothing because they don’t.

Aim to be the MVP of your office not by talking the talk but walking the walk. Numbers don’t lie. Your manager will 100% notice who is carrying the team on their back.

Bottom line: Get the job done every single week with a world-class performance!

3. Treat customers with amazing service

Going above and beyond for a customer establishes trust and significantly increases the odds of them only going to your company with their business in the future.

See why the person you report to would love this?

It makes them look good for one. And when a big client tells your boss, “That account rep I have is awesome. I love working with her. She’s always positive and gets the job done like a pro,” you’ll get the credit you deserve.

At his wine shop, Gary Vaynerchuk tells a story of how he hand delivered wine to a customer on the day before Christmas Eve because it was the right thing to do. That’s commitment to customers.

4. Bring them solutions, not problems

Every boss I’ve worked with is extremely busy. Not only do they have to manage their team, but they also have their own responsibilities and objectives to complete for their bosses.

That means they have their own work problems to solve. But if you pile your problems onto them (along with your coworkers doing the same), your boss will only be stressed out.

The key is to bring them solutions, not problems. Or if you can’t find solutions, at least bring ideas to solve these problems.

Framing yourself as a problem-solver will go a long way in your career.

5. Show up early, work late

This one doesn’t require any strategy, just hard work to put in the extra hours before everyone shows up and after they leave.

People respect hard workers in general. But when your boss sees you showing up early and working late, they’ll notice and keep that in mind when it comes time for a raise or a promotion.

Plus, working extra hours helps you excel at your job and stay organized—which also help you make a positive impression.

This reminds me of a story during my first week of work out of college. The boss at my old sales job closed his door to go home at 7 PM, looked back at the rest of the empty office to turn off the flights, then saw me at my computer and said, “You’re still here?”

Just by the look on his face I knew I impressed him. You can easily do this at your job.

6. Work Saturdays (maybe Sundays too)

Just as an army general appreciates a committed soldier, a manager appreciates a dedicated employee. On top of working early and late during the week you can also work Saturdays to gain upper-management’s support.

And maybe you never take a day off by working Sundays (this is especially huge if you’re at a start-up).

Remember this article is about impressing your boss after all—not juggling work-life balance at an all-star level. If you love what you do (like this article preaches), then this won’t be an issue.

And if you can’t stand your job, you’ll want to refocus your efforts from impressing your boss to finding a new one you do like.

7. Improve old processes

Many companies are stuck doing things for the sole reason of “that’s how it’s always been done.” But you can use new technology and innovative methods to break the company out of outdated processes.

For example, if your company has 60 minute meetings that you know can be cut down to 20 minutes, suggest the change and watch how productivity increases. If your coworkers are in the bad habit of unnecessary emails, tell them to call you or stop by your office since it’s quicker.

You’ll find old processes and habits all over the place if you spend enough time to think about them. And more productivity means more profits for your company down the road.

8. Get resourceful

Bosses love when you can make a successful product pitch, deliver the report, or complete a project. But it’s even sweeter when you can succeed without much supervision or resources.

Resourcefulness also highlights that you’re the single x-factor making this happen, not an expensive budget or a whole team making it happen.

Fun fact: One way Elon Musk’s SpaceX continues to win is through resourceful employees and insourcing to dramatically cut costs.

Be a SpaceX-like employee by getting more out of less.

9. Support your teammates

While I’m all for being the most ambitious son of a gun out there, you need to balance that with also being a team player.

If you leave your coworkers hanging on a project or make a rude remark, you’ll be the one giving your boss a headache.

Even in the case where it’s not your fault, their incompetence makes you look bad in front of your manager. That’s the opposite of what we want.

The best employees make their teams better. Do that and your coworkers will praise you instead of blaming you.

10. Go to company socials

To truly impress your boss you’re going to need to do some things you don’t want to.

That may mean giving up a night with friends for a company office party or volunteering event. Even if the event is optional, Amanda Green says many managers expect you to go and could punish you if you do not—so just go. 

You don’t need to stay for 5 hours, because 1 or 2 hours is sufficient to get the point across that you participated and are a part of the team.

Now if you enjoy your coworkers and company socials, this is a bonus for you! Have fun and strike up a conversation with your boss.

(And use this guide to make the most of the social event without risking losing your job on Monday morning.)

11. Honor your word

No matter the crisis or circumstance, if you committed to getting that report done by 8 AM the next morning, do whatever it takes to follow through. Go all out.

If that means getting 3 hours of sleep or doing it in between you throw up, then so be it. You can always catch up on sleep or rest.

But trust is something unrecoverable once it’s broken. Honoring your word ensures both you never face this problem and remain reliable.

12. Ask for constructive criticism

Your boss would love to hear a conversation or email where you communicate something like:

Hey, I wanted to let you know that I’m committed to developing my skills at this position and performing at the highest level. But I know I have some areas to improve on to get to that point.

Can you give me constructive criticism about what I can work on to get better? I’m asking for it, so don’t hold back. Thanks!

A bunch of positives stem off of this.

First, you’re expressing your desire to add more value to the company, which they will love to hear. Second, you’re showing your boss you respect them and their opinion. Third, you have a conversation starter going forward where you can mention progress you’ve made because of their feedback.

That move is what you call a winner, winner, chicken dinner. Your boss will love it!

13. Produce more value than you’re paid

Look around the office and I bet you can name on one hand the people who are truly hustling at their job. It’s sad, but true, that people strive to do the least amount of work possible for the most pay.

Instead of that attitude —which is a terrible mindset by the way and will infect other areas of your life—how about you push yourself to make your company more money than you’re paid. That’s rewarding!

Doing this also ensures you have job security because you’re not a leach on the books like some other people in your office.

Final Words

To truly impress your boss and get on their good side, it takes a focused effort and some time to develop.

But put into action some (or all) of the golden tips and you’ll position yourself to be their favorite:

  1. Know what they value most
  2. Be a top-performer
  3. Treat customers with amazing service
  4. Bring them solutions, not problems
  5. Show up early, work late
  6. Work Saturdays (maybe Sundays too)
  7. Improve old processes
  8. Get resourceful
  9. Support your teammates
  10. Go to company socials
  11. Honor your word
  12. Ask for constructive criticism
  13. Produce more value than you’re paid

Once that happens then a raise, promotion, or solid recommendation letter is only an ask away at your yearly review.

And instead of your boss holding the leverage over you or you sweating out the thought of getting fired, your performance gives you the leverage to get a sweet deal going forward.

That’s how you turn the tables in your career.

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10 Careers For People Who Love Helping Others

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Know you’re someone who loves serving others and is naturally inclined to that kind of work? A career that allows you to live your passion is just what you need.

For a lot of people starting off in the working world or looking for a new career, financial rewards are not the number one thing they are looking for.

Instead, they want a job that provides a sense of personal satisfaction through the feeling of helping others. These jobs are out there.

You have a whole host of jobs that put you in direct contact with those in need, whether this is through healthcare, education, charity or another option.

And then there are the jobs that provide a broader contribution to society including science and engineering.

So, let’s go through a list of 10 potential options if you are looking for a job that prioritizes helping others.

1) Teaching and Education

Education is a broad field that gives you the opportunity to impart your skills and knowledge onto others, whether these are children or adults.

Beyond the traditional primary and secondary school paths, there are also opportunities to teach at further education colleges or else children with special needs.

To qualify as a teacher, you will need a degree and a further year of hands-on training, but there are also opportunities such as youth work, childcare or becoming a teaching assistant.

Essentially, the knowledge that you are having a direct impact on people’s lives and you are helping them to develop themselves is immensely rewarding.

2) Nursing and Healthcare

As well as being able to serve others, nursing is a field that is always looking for new staff members so there will be no shortage of job opportunities. Just take a look at https://www.staffnurse.com/ to find out more.

Beyond the range of hospital jobs that you can choose from, you could also find yourself working in a GP surgery, adult care centres or people’s homes, to name a few.

The launch of the nursing degree apprenticeship has been designed to make the career easier for people to enter, but obtaining a degree is still required to progress in this field.

Otherwise, there are plenty of other careers in healthcare apart from being a nurse including physiotherapy, midwifery or pharmacy.

3) Medicine

Although it takes a great deal of hard work and commitment to enter this career path in the first place, there is no doubt that working in medicine is one of the most rewarding options out there.

After all, you are helping people with their most important commodity; life.

As well as becoming involved in the day-to-day treatment of patients, there is also the option to go into the research side of the field and help develop groundbreaking medicine.

And there are also a wide range of medical specialties to choose from so you can decide on one that perfectly suits your interests.

On the down side, this tends to be a very demanding option that requires a lot of dedication to the role which can often impact work-life balance.

4) Social Work

Social work is a career that brings you into direct contact with some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Some of the most common include elderly people, adults with mental health issues and people with learning difficulties.

You will probably be required to get involved in some very tough situations including child protection, adoption or working with offenders. To become a full social worker, you will need to obtain a degree, but there are other non-degree options that give you the opportunity to work in this field in other capacities.

Be in the know that many of these jobs come along with high levels of anxiety and the need to work in some very challenging situations.

5) Emergency Services

Comprising of the police, ambulance and fire and rescue, the emergency services are three different career paths.

They all have in common the responsibility to directly respond to people in their most urgent time of need. And these tend to be very community-oriented jobs, as well as ones in which the tasks vary greatly.

There are a wide range of different options and entry levels for each of the three sectors we have mentioned.

The downside is that the working hours tend to be unstable and you are also likely to find yourself working on call.

But there is also a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that you are making a genuine difference to society.

6) Charity Work

There are all kind of career paths that are directly linked to the charity sector from fundraising to marketing.

You may find yourself directly interacting with people or you may be in a more office-based role, but either way, you will have the knowledge that you are closely involved in helping others.

Jobs are open for both graduates and non-graduates, and there are also plenty of voluntary opportunities as well.

If you know that you are directly involved in a field that you are passionate about, this is a fantastic and motivating feeling that can give you immense job satisfaction. Keep in mind you may have to work your way up from the bottom to get there or come into the sector from a different career path entirely.

7) Law

You may not naturally associate a career in law with one which is helping people, but there are some options which give you the opportunity to give a voice to people without one.

For example, you could go down a career in criminal defence in which you support people who have been accused of crimes.

You could also become involved in the child protection side of law in which you help children in very vulnerable situations. Solicitors and barristers are the jobs that grab most of the headlines, but there are also plenty of entry-level positions that all you to work your way up.

Ultimately, you need to be selective about the type of job you are going for so that you have the feeling that you are helping people and making a genuine difference to their lives.

8) Science and Engineering

Though a lot of science and engineering careers are less about helping people on a daily basis, they are often involved in making the big societal changes that make all the difference in the long run.

For example, in a science career role, you could be involved in protecting the environment or developing new health treatments for people.

Plenty of engineering paths also lead to positive changes for people such as developing renewable energy sources.

Again, it is all about being selective with your career choice so you go for one that provides you with the maximum amount of job satisfaction and the feeling that you are really helping people.

9) Public Service

Though people who work in politics often have a bad reputation, many people do enter this particular career path because they want to help others.

The work that you are doing could impact the entirety of the country, even though whether you are in contact with them directly or not depends on what job role you go into.

So, if you are particularly passionate about the community you live in, a career in local government could be the ideal solution.

Alternatively, you could work in central government and choose between all the different major areas such as pensions, healthcare, education and justice. Job roles are varied so you could be coming in from a wide range of backgrounds.

But if you progress high up the career ladder, stress levels can rise accordingly as you are having to make the decisions that really impact people’s lives.

10) Psychology

Psychology still remains a rapidly developing field. And the increasing focus on mental health in society means that there are more options than ever before becoming available.

Some of the most common branches of psychology that people enter include health, clinical, counselling, educational and forensic.

Like other job roles we have talked about already, you have the reward of knowing that you are directly helping people who are struggling with a range of complex issues.

Final Words

The 10 career paths we have talked about are just some of the potential options you have if you are looking to get into a career that involves helping others.

While some require a great deal of training and study, others can be entered at any stage.

Essentially, you should think about where your passions lie before matching yourself up to one of these options.

It may be that you want to come into contact with people directly and feel like you are helping people in this way. It may be that you like the idea of contributing to wider societal changes that help people in the long-run.

Whatever the case, many people find that personal rewards and job satisfaction from one of these types of career outweigh the financial incentives of other paths.

Though if you work your way up, you still have an excellent opportunity to strike the perfect balance of finding a job that is rewarding in both senses of the word.

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High Risk Career Choices That Could Pay Off Big

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Are you the type of person who enjoys adrenaline and high-risk, high-reward opportunities? You’ll probably fit perfectly in one of these risky career fields below.

Career choices are never easy. Whether you’re a high schooler, a college kid, a young professional, or a middle aged adult, it’s difficult but crucial you find the right job.

A large portion of your happiness and future depend on it.

While there’s advice all over about how to find the right career based on your personality, sometimes this can lead to overthinking and feeling paralyzed on what to do next.

It’s best to know yourself and trust your gut when it comes to making the right career choice.

Since every choice you make in life will come with its own risk that it may not pay off, sometimes the ones with the most risk are the ones worth risking everything for to be happy.

For the risk-takers out there who need to have a sense of fulfillment in their work, the following high risk jobs could be right up your alley.

Starting Your Own Business

If there’s one career move that a lot of us will want to make, but can often be afraid of, it’s starting a business from scratch.

Starting your own business will always be a risk. Even when you have the capital, a solid business plan, and a lot of experience in your field; you can never guarantee that it’s going to work out.

But if you’re willing to work hard and work at it, it’s a risk that can often pay off.

Becoming A Freelancer

Similarly, choosing to leave job security and go freelance can also be risky business (albeit less than starting your own business), but it’s often worth it.

The risk of going freelance is real and it will also depend on how well you are at adjusting to freelance life. Work won’t always be handed to you; you have to chase it. The investment you need to give here is both your heart and time.

By putting everything you’ve got into going freelance, you should see success.

Working In Another Country

When you do own your own business, or if you have a side project that you’re working on, there may be a time that you decide to go international. And there are always risks associated with this move.

When you’re moving into a market that you don’t know and that you have no experience in, there is a greater chance that you fail.

If you can do your research and plan your entry carefully, the potential successes will always be worth the risk.

Real Estate Investing

There’s always the option to turn to real estate investing.

If you’ve wanted to start a career for yourself that you can operate alongside your work, for the time being, property investment is a strong option.

Whether you look into buy to let options, BTO, or decide to start flipping properties, you have the potential to earn more money than you know what to do with on your own.

Many beginner investors need to first just build up capital, and then be willing to patiently wait until the property and price is right.

Becoming A Professor

When you’re starting out on your career path and still in college, or considering going back to study for your graduate degree, you may consider becoming a professor.

This is a risk for two reasons.

Firstly, the cost of getting your doctorate can’t be ignored. Debt and risk go hand in hand together.

And secondly, the idea that you’re missing out on being in the working world and getting paid a high salary for your skills.

Now if you make it through academia to become a professor and earn tenure, then your job security will be at an all-time high and career risk at an all-time low.

Becoming A Doctor

For those considering becoming a doctor, you may wonder if it is entirely worth it.

Medical education is long, challenging, and expensive.

So you have to be able to analyze the cost vs. the reward relationship when it comes to training to become a doctor.

If you’re skilled, passionate, and willing to work hard, you should be able to both out-work and out-earn your student debt before you know it.

Training As A Pilot

As far as adventurous careers go, if you want to enjoy job security and a good salary at the same time, you’re often limited with choice.

However, a strong option would be to train as a pilot.

Of course there are risks with any kind of job like this, but you should find that although the training is costly, the salary you receive in return will repay your investment, and your security will shatter any risk.

You’ll also gain the flexibility to fly commercial or private, which can’t be said in many careers.

Joining The Army

An army job does not need as much of an investment upfront in terms of experience or money, but it does require a few years of your life.

Although some positions will require a college education like an army officer, it’s not required across entry-level positions. Out of all the options on this list, this one may be the easiest to begin.

Keep in mind a career within the army may prove a risk to your life at times, but the security, skills training and experience may make it the best investment you could make.

Working For The Government

You may also want to consider joining the government.

Working for the federal government, although not a risk in itself (depending on your role) can be worth the investment in your education that you may need to make.

You will often benefit from great working rewards and enjoy a varied working day, especially if you decide to go into an intelligence field.

Mentoring Others

At some point in your career, you may also want to think about going into mentorship.

Mentoring is often a great way to give back to the industry and encourage bright talent for the future, although it can mean you have to give up your time with very little financial gain in return.

Often times mentors find that the personal rewards make any risk you take entirely worth it.

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5 Best Future Careers, And 5 That Will Disappear

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If you’re going to look for a new career, why not consider the best future careers to make sure that job is going to be as profitable in 20 years as it is now?

There’s a whole bunch of careers that are set to disappear as organizations become more dependent on computers and automation to do the heavy legwork for them.

Some experts think that somewhere in the region of 47% of jobs might be lost over the coming decades. That’s absurd if you think about this for a minute!

If you’re looking for a career that will stay relevant, you’d have your head on straight if you considered picking a field from the five we’ve listed below—and avoiding the five industries listed below them.

Good Future Careers

1. Cyber Security

The world’s going to be even more reliant on internet systems than it is now. With the arrival of the “internet of things”, it’s going to be all around us, a part of everything we do.

This, naturally, will make the criminals of the world pay attention – and as such, as our reliance on these systems grows, so will the importance of staying one step ahead of the people looking to hack and causing mischief.

If you know how to keep these attacks at bay, you’ll be high in demand in the corporate or government sector.

2. Tech Development

Well now, the whole world isn’t going to become dependent on technology just by chance: there’s going to be people behind those systems, working hard to find the next great breakthrough and push the world forward.

It’s important to note that not all IT based jobs will be safe; the market for app development jobs, for example, is likely to wind down.

However, if you can train yourself in advanced technology systems and make sure you’re always at the cutting edge of what’s happening, you’ll find plenty of work.

3. Data Analyst

Data is already used to influence companies much more than you probably realize, but it’s set to become even bigger in the next decade and beyond.

There’s already more data than any company could need, but there’s a problem: there aren’t enough people who know how to interpret the data.

If you’ve got an eye for spotting trends and can make sense of large quantities of information, then look at becoming a data analyst. Computers won’t be able to make sense of it on their own (in the beginning at least): it’ll need the human touch.

4. Healthcare

And talking of a human touch; healthcare is another industry that will be kept safe from computers.

Of course, automation and AI will form a significant part of healthcare, but it’ll work in conjunction with health professionals, not replace them.

Don’t worry if you don’t like the thought of dealing with blood and other healthcare hazards; there are plenty of specialized jobs available that are just as safe.

If we take a look at the job prospects for a radiologist via wikiprofessional.org, we can see that it’s a future proof career option; demand for this job, along with other physicians, is due to grow by 24% over the next few years.

Some jobs just can’t be performed by a machine, and healthcare is right at the top of the list.

5. Social Care

There’ll also be plenty of jobs in an industry that can be considered the cousin of healthcare, social care.

Again, there will be elements of technology incorporated into the industry, but it’ll be working alongside the core workers, rather than replacing them, as the very essence of this type of work depends on human interaction.

And this market won’t just be safe because computers can’t take over: it’s a growing industry in its own right.

In the not too distant future, people aged 70 and over are going to form the biggest age group in the country, and there’ll need more people than there currently are to take care of them.

Bad Future Careers

1. Number Crunching

If you’ve got a knack for mathematics and producing reports and paperwork, then look away now, because this is one surprising career that is likely to shrink in importance in the forthcoming years.

While it currently requires a high degree of expertise, a slew of applications that will more or less automate the entire process are already here, and there will be more on the way, too.

Though traditional companies still rely on human hands to take care of these jobs, modern companies are using machines to take care of their account, bookkeeping, tax returns, and so on, and it’ll be these companies who dominate the future.

2. Global Knowledge

The rapid globalization of the economy has meant it’s been a golden age for workers who were able to navigate different cultures and languages.

While we’re still a ways off from not needing tour guides with specialized, in-depth knowledge, the abundance of apps and other smartphone related tools will shrink this industry over time.

At a more immediate risk are translators, who will have to compete with software that automatically translates languages. The tech isn’t quite there yet, but it is coming, and from then it’ll only be the highly sensitive translations that are done by humans.

3. Non-Artistic Writing

Now, there’s little chance a computer will take the place of a novelist anytime soon. That’s just not going to happen because art is inherently human.

However, writing that isn’t obviously artistic, such as web content, technical reports, and (gasp) newspaper articles will increasingly be written by machines.

Some news outlets already use bots to write their weather reports, and it has been reported (by humans) that robots are more and more responsible for what we’re reading online and in our newspapers.

4. Logistics

The entire logistics industry is about to be turned upside down, as nearly all components can be performed by a robot. Machines will be responsible for the running of warehouses, packaging, and delivery, with little to no human hands helping them along the way.

For a glimpse into the future, look no further than Amazon’s delivery plans. Welcome to the future!

5. Broadcaster

According to studies, broadcasters score some of the lowest when it comes to job growth, stress, and work environment.

This makes sense since competition has to be high for these limited roles and job security is not going to be strong when a media company can quickly fill a broadcasting role with another talking head.

It’s also difficult to find that first broadcasting job as radio stations become syndicated and the Internet gobbles up more music and sports positions.

These are just a few of industries where humans will have more or less importance in the future. So if you’re looking for a change of career, make sure it’s one for the future!

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