101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work:Improve Your Skills

Skills improve with use, but over time, some will become outdated and unused ones can become rusty. Take personal responsibility for keeping your skills up-to-date. Sharpen your skills to increase your value to your company and give you an edge in your field. Look for upcoming industry trends and investigate the types of skills that you will need to stay ahead of those trends.

Computer skills are always worth updating, especially software programs used often in your field. If you do not utilize computer technology in your current position, consider enrolling in computer classes anyway. The courses could make you indispensable if your company updates its technology or ease your transition to another company, not to mention make you a candidate for other jobs in your company that require those skills. Think of ways you can use technology at work and in your personal life so that you can practice and retain what you learn in your classes.

One way to improve skills is to use them on a continuous basis, because skills are enhanced through repetition. Another way to increase and/or retrieve lost skills is to take a skill development course. There are many avenues for taking courses ranging from formal classroom settings to seminars to online classes to apprenticeships. It does not matter how you gain the skills; it only matters that they are well developed and used on a regular basis.

Many skills can be learned or improved in your own home. For instance, if you need to learn to type or increase your typing speed and accuracy, purchase a home typing program or practice on a free or paid online site. If you want to improve your marketing skills, read marketing books.

Some government employment agencies, libraries, and temporary agencies offer free skill courses. High schools, vocational schools, and community colleges offer courses in everything from computer training to car repairs at reasonable rates. Routinely assess your skills to make sure you have what it takes to get the job done in a timely, effective manner. Look for ways to gain cutting-edge skills in your particular field.

101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, ISBN: 9781435454323 Prepared for jhale@cba.ua.edu, Joanne Hale © 2011 Safari Books Online, LLC. This download file is made available for personal use only and is subject to the Terms of Service. Any other use requires prior written consent from the copyright owner. Unauthorized use, reproduction and/or distribution are strictly prohibited and violate applicable laws. All rights reserved.


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