Staying on top of the latest developments in your field increases your value to your company in many ways: (1) you know what competitors are doing, (2) you can provide input into what your company should be doing to remain competitive, (3) you can get ideas for new product development and ways to offer and market your services, (4) you are better aware of new trends and practices that can impact your company’s performance and your own job performance (and job security), (5) you stand out among your peers, and so forth.
How can you keep up with the latest developments? By doing the following:
■ Attend conferences and seminars
■ Enroll in classes
■ Read trade journals
■ Attend trade shows
■ Do online and library research
■ Participate in coworker discussions
Regularly read literature, magazines, and journals that inform you of market trends and economic news in your field. You can determine how your company fits in with others in the industry or learn about opportunities other companies offer. Knowing what competitors are doing can help you stay competitive, as can knowing about current and forthcoming products and services in the field. Trade journals are specific to certain industries and detail developmental trends and industry knowledge in those fields. There are trade journals for dozens
of industries. Choose one devoted to your field and search through it for tips.
101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, ISBN: 9781435454323
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