It pays to be the MVP in your office, quite literally! Here are 3 ways to make sure you're the most valuable and informed person at your job.

Stay positive. Work hard. Make something happen. These are sayings that constantly run through our heads as twenty-somethings. Whether you’ve just started working post graduation or have been in the game for a couple of years now, there’s always room for growth and improvement.

Improvement can mean a couple of things, like learning a new skill, dialing down on a specific task, or keeping up with the latest trends and technology in your industry. As twenty-somethings, we’re pretty tech-savvy already and have a tendency to multi-task, so it’s to your benefit to use those skills and take the extra step.

1. Continue Your Education

Learning doesn’t have to come to an end when you graduate college. Most of us don’t consider continuing our education, especially once we’ve found our niche in what we want to do. Between webinars, conferences, and online courses — learning can happen from wherever you are.

One of the websites that offers online classes is Udemy. Udemy is an awesome online learning resource that allows you to take courses from experts. They offer more than 35,000 courses, and they provide courses for any occupation or interest. I also love that you can enroll in a course from any device; you don’t have to be at your computer to keep learning!

For instance, for my job I write content, blogs, manage search engine optimization, and do a little bit of graphic design. Some courses from Udemy that I’ve checked out and plan on taking are:

  • Master Web Design in Photoshop
  • Social Media Marketing 2015: The Complete Certificate
  • Advanced SEO: Tactics and Strategies

Each course has a couple lectures that it incorporates, with video and worksheets, etc. Depending on the course that you choose, it could be free or cost up to $300. There are plenty of low-cost options, though.

Other ways to improve your skills at work could be attending online webinars or conferences related to your job. If you’re a blogger, I recommend Bloguettes for online webinars and conferences, and if you’re looking for conferences all over the U.S., a great source to utilize is PRSA, or to ask your boss.

2. Pay More Attention To Detail

We tend to wear many hats at work, and although this allows our skills to progress, it means we’re responsible for more work and we need to pay extra attention to detail for those tasks.

For instance, when I’m balancing the various tasks at work it can be difficult to slow down and pay attention to detail, especially when I’m creating blog posts. Sometimes if you’re not paying close enough attention to detail, that blog post for a particular client won’t be strong enough or provide relevant information to that specific product, service or industry related post.

When it comes to these things, it’s really the details and the quality of your work that matter the most.

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The details can be focused on if you’re an auto body shop mechanic, a barista at Starbucks, or a software developer. If you’re a barista at Starbucks and you forget one single ingredient, such as the second shot of espresso or steam the milk too hurriedly, it can make the drink taste completely off. The customer will notice, and it won’t reflect well on you.

Being able to pay attention to detail will help you stand out positively because you will make less mistakes, prove that you have a sharp eye, and show your bosses and co-workers that you are invested in the work that you’re doing.

3. Stay Up To Date on Your Industry

Living in this world of tech savvy products and software, it’s important to stay up to date with elements related to your work. Since technology is forever changing and products are upgrading, in order to progress in your work, it’s a good idea to research those products and read up on the latest articles pertaining to them.

Technology isn’t just limited to the newest smartphone or device, it includes specific platforms and softwares used within your workplace. For example, if you work for a web design firm, you’ll want to keep up with the latest trends, themes, and WordPress upgrades.

Additionally, staying up to date with your specific tasks and position is crucial to further advance. Sure, you can repeat the same tasks over and over again, but if those tasks require new rules or updates, you’ll want to bring your ‘A’ game. You’ll also want to keep an eye on what other methods exist, especially when it comes to efficiency. Bosses love efficiency and perfect work.

For instance, in a position that requires content writing and search engine optimization, you will have to stay up to date with keyword research and how to rank higher on Google. If you work as a dental hygienist, staying up on the latest techniques and how equipment works will highly benefit your patients and work ethic.

Ultimately, remaining on top of your work skills will only help you progress and potentially land you a promotion.

Improving your skills at work will help you both now and in the future, because you never know what is going to be thrown at you next, and this is how you will be prepared.

It’s better to be overly prepared than underprepared. Think of it this way: If it comes down to you versus someone else for a promotion or a job, the more valuable candidate will come out on top.

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