Being an asset in any part of one’s life is to truly enjoy what you do, love who you’re around, and ultimately be who you want to be. To be indispensable in the workplace means to go beyond what’s required and simply love doing it, because if you don’t, someone else will. Think this doesn’t make a difference? Think again. Anyone can do what’s asked of them. But, in order to add real value, you have to genuinely have a passion for what you do, because if you do, the extra effort that you give will be effortless. It’s just something you are accustomed to do—go the extra step.
Here are a few tips on how to be indispensable:
1. Be the expert
A great way to make yourself indispensable in the workplace is to be the expert your company needs in order to be successful. You want coworkers and managers alike to know that you’re the .net programming guru, or that you’ve tinkered around in Excel so much that there’s virtually nothing you can’t do in it. An expert is an asset that a company can’t go without. Most experts don’t realize they’re experts until they’re viewed and sought out as one, because they’re constantly and subconsciously perfecting their expertise. For instance, if you’re genuinely passionate about social media, you’re going to pay attention to that feature piece on the 6 o’clock news about how employers are attempting to require Facebook passwords, and then on Monday when the executive vice president casually starts a conversation surrounding the debate, you can chime in on your point of view. And, the next time Facebook is brought up in conversation, he’s going to think of you.
Your passions could make you your company’s next expert.
Whether your job searching or already in a job, the network you create and maintain is critical to your being indispensable because it accredits you. Network with the people you’re naturally drawn to in social situations, your water cooler buddies, etc. Be sure to make it a point to be conversational with higher-ups who can vouch for you at crunch time, from your manager to the president—make your presence and expertise known. A majority of jobs come about by “knowing someone.” Your job once you get “the job” is to continue to nurture your relationships and continue to create new ones to make sure that you are expanding your social circles.
3. Be that person but not that person
People who are the happiest in their jobs are the people who are involved in their jobs, during and after business hours. A great boss of mine once gave me this advice before going to a Christmas party: “Be the second or third person to arrive, and don’t shut down the bar.” You need to find that happy medium of being the reputable superstar who’s “always there at the right time”, but not the party person of the year who’s just there for the happy hour. You don’t have to check emails all weekend, but your boss will notice if you shoot off a quick response to a troubled teammate on a Saturday. Be the indispensable solutions provider who always does a little more than what’s asked of them.
4. Don’t stop learning
This goes hand-in-hand with being your company’s go-to expert, but also demonstrating your flexibility. The people who are the least adaptable to change are often the first ones to complain and the last ones to be viewed as indispensable. The trick is not to lose that “first day mentality” or the hunger that being on the job market instilled in you—otherwise known as that mindset that told you, “I’m going to do this job the best that I can! I’m going to work so hard!” Be resourceful, open-minded, and always willing to learn. “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Bosses and coworkers alike appreciate someone who always comes in with a good attitude and a willingness to try new things. Be that person, have that mentality, and know those weird new technologies that everybody else seems to just be hearing about.
5. Know yourself
This may sound silly to some, but to truly be a productive, indispensable contributor to a company, you must first start with you. Stay healthy, get plenty of sleep, and know your own limits. When you know yourself, it makes it easier for others to know you and thus develop the best working relationship in which to get things accomplished. Knowing yourself also means identifying your own talents. If you know what your passions are, make that into a job, because after all, when you do what you love, those around you hone in on it and know they couldn’t do it without someone with your talent and passion.
While receiving multiple job offers may seem like the opposite of a problem, especially to those individuals who have yet to receive one job offer, it can actually be a big dilemma when people don’t know how to handle the situation.
The last thing you want to do as a possible employee is burn bridges because not only is it unprofessional, but also it could hurt your chances with other companies in the future. It may sound cliché, but people do talk and you don’t want your reputation to be stained.
So how do you deal with receiving multiple job offers? Here are a few ways:
Figure out your ideal job
It is important for you as a job seeker to know what you’re looking for in a company or position. This means what salary range you’re interested in, if there are benefits or bonuses, what industry it’s in, location, travel requirements, and anything else you believe is necessary. Be sure to write all of these qualities you want down, so if you are ever in a job offer dilemma you can figure out the pros and cons of each position based on your ideal job.
It might seem like a good idea to keep quiet about interviewing with other companies, but in reality it’s not. Almost all smart businesses will ask you what your interviewing activity has been like for the past six months or so. Therefore, it is important to remain honest with your potential employers because you don’t want to leave a bad impression. You never know when you might need their help in the future.
Ask for more time
After receiving a job offer, you are allowed to ask for time to come to a verdict. You can ask for a couple days or even a week, but just know, the more time you request, the more their chances of bringing someone else on if you decide not to take the position are diminished. Be sure to keep that in mind while making your decision, and be courteous to not only the company but to the other applicants, as well.
Think it through
The most crucial thing about taking the time to decipher whether or not you want to accept the job offer is that you actually think it through. Don’t take a position just for backup or financial security. The hiring process can be pricey for employers, and so can losing an employee. You want to be 100 percent sure before you accept a job offer because quitting soon after may have many negative consequences for everyone involved.
Sure, receiving multiple job offers can be a tad overwhelming, but if you take these steps into consideration, everything will work itself out. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe.
Has this ever happened to you before? How did you handle the situation?