Simple Truths

Simple Truths

Study the past if you would define the future.

—Confucius

It can come as no surprise that employers do not appreciate the minimalist approach – coming to work and doing the absolute minimum required. Idle chit chat and playing with your social media the minute the boss is out of the office is no one’s definition of a strong work ethic – and that is precisely what employers will be looking to glimpse in the interview and proven to them during the first months of employment.

This cannot be emphasized enough – having a strong work ethic doesn’t mean you have to work 60 hours per week. There are plenty of people who “act” like they are working hard and hang around getting essentially nothing “real” done. The simple truth is that doing your job may mean taking on projects that aren’t part of your job description, learning new skills or even being the go-to person in the department.

Time and time again, being organized, dependable and willing to do whatever needs to get done – in other words being conscientious, is still and probably always will be, among the top indicators of job performance.