Tips for Keeping Your Job, and Building a Future


  • Remember, those qualities that helped you get the job are those that will help you to keep it.
  • The two main reasons that people are not kept on are - Inability to get along with others (supervisors, workmates or customers), and Absenteeism (not being at work reliably).
  • Do your very best in your present job. Do a little more than is expected, stay behind after hours to help get the job done.
  • Volunteer for extra work/responsibility.
  • Be cheerful, helpful and friendly.
  • Don’t let your emotions rule your work life. Before quarrelling with a workmate or supervisor, ask yourself will it be really worth it in the long run.
  • Leave your personal problems at home. Remember your problems are your problems, not your employers.
  • Learn all you can about your current job, the job you would like to advance to, and the company in general.
  • If you want to advance, volunteer for extra duties and consider doing some study in the field you are working in. Qualifications will always help.
  • Let your supervisor know if you are interested in advancement. If a suitable vacancy comes up, ask to be considered for it.
  • When you accept a position, give it a fair go. Stay with it for at least six months. During this time you will learn the job, sell yourself to your boss, and establish a good work reference for the future.
  • There is no reason why any job should be a dead end job for the right person. The shop assistant may become a store manager, the process worker a supervisor, and the dishwasher may eventually establish their own restaurant. At the very least, a good work record will enable your employer to give you an excellent reference, and will improve your chances of getting a better job with another company.