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Essential Management Skills For Career Survival

Mar 26, 2008
So, let's start from the beginning - if you want a good job fast, then you've probably heard that it's only the best professionals who land the good jobs faster.

Now, most of us would love to be professionals to land a job opportunity as soon as possible. Keeping all of this in mind, there are 5 essential management skills that can help you in your career path.

The Five Essential Management Skills for Career Survival

First, you have to ask yourself whether it's merely a job you're looking for or a career. There is a world of a difference between the two, so start by differentiating them from each other. Start by observing your job now. If it is something that does not interest you or motivate you and you have no scope for learning more or growing within the organization, then it's probably just a routine job - the wrong one!

However, if it's something that interests you and enables you to learn every step of the way, then this is probably the right career for you.

Here are five skills that you must have to survive in your career:

1. Learn to manage your job - If you know your job pretty well and excel at it, then things will flow smoothly. Strive to be the best at your job; otherwise, all your efforts will go to waste. If you aren't the best at your job, then you're not doing it well and you can scrap those plans for moving up the ladder. Remember that success entirely depends on the way you manage your job and the results you give.

2. Find ways to manage your boss - Start by coming up with solutions to your bosses problems. Look at your boss as a third party - a client and not just your boss. Learn how to deal with good bosses as well as the bad ones.

3. Learn to manage your time - Time is precious, so make use of each and every minute. Interruptions are commonplace, so learn to deal with them. With patience and perseverance, everything will work out. There are three things you need to get sorted out in time management and they are - (1) prioritizing, (2) developing and using a to-do list, and (3) learning how to maximize your time.

4. Learn to manage relationships - Just like skills and good performance will take you a long way in your career, similarly, building rapport and managing relationships can also lead to success. The more you get along with the others who work alongside you, and the more you make them feel like they're important, the more will they respond to you. Arguing will get you nowhere in life.

5. Discipline yourself - Your habits, your self-development and your feelings should be disciplined, and if they are not already, then learn to discipline them. Habits should be controlled. Your actions are generally governed by your habits, so it is important to develop good habits, especially in these three areas - speaking, thinking and doing. Self-development can only be good for you, so concentrate on this area. Emotions like anger, and emotions need to be controlled.

In addition to these, bad attitudes need to be reversed, and you should also always maintain high standards for yourself. However, before you get started on all of this, always concentrate on working hard and being the best at your job. Only then can you concentrate on moving forward in your career.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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