How to Increase Your Competitive Advantage

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Stand out from the crowd, even in a sea of employees. Knowing your strengths and how to use them is key to getting the competitive advantage in order to move up in the workplace. You can create and take advantage of opportunities when you develop your strengths, boost your weak areas, network and convey your interests and willingness to go above and beyond your current job to your employer.

  • Express your interests to your boss. Discuss your long term goals and ask how you can work your way up to certain positions. Opportunities for advancement are often missed because employers are unaware of an employee's interest in a particular area or role.

  • Keep on top of trends in your industry. Enroll in courses to keep up to date on new technology, changing methods and developments.

    Take classes to strengthen your weak areas or to enhance your skills in a field that interests you.

  • Incorporate your new skills and knowledge into your job, where possible. Show your employer what you are willing to go above and beyond to reach for excellence. This might open up other opportunities for you within the company.

  • Take the initiative. Show your boss that you can handle your current workload and ask how you can help in areas outside of your job description. Be generous with your time and offer to help your colleagues. Get involved in as much as you can without jeopardizing your work. Attend meetings, speak regularly with your boss about your ideas and put forward your opinions.

  • Network within the company. Build relationships with people in other departments. Show them that you are a confident and friendly employee who has a lot to offer. Networking showcases your social skills and it keeps you in the consciousness of people who might recognize and request your skills sometime down the road.

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