Two words of advice you rarely hear.
Tobias van Schneider

“You should never be afraid doing things that are not part of your “official job description”. It always annoys me when I work with people that clearly found a problem, but haven’t even tried to solve it because it’s “not their job”.”

One category that crops up on nearly every job description is whether or not I am “a team player.” Am I willing to work as a team player, or am I a solo act? This isn’t nearly as easy to answer as it may appear for it depends upon the team and how receptive they are to my ideas, suggestions and advice. Most of the time I am welcomed with open arms, but not always, and that can make for some very awkward moments.

On occasion I have stepped out of my ‘official job description’ only to be put back in it. My desire to help got the door slammed in my face. So I decided to become more familiar with the company, the various departments and those in them before I would try again.

What I discovered was that my attempt to help was not in question, but my motivation was. Until s/he knew me and I him/her there was a real disconnect. I had to make that connection first, and then my help was not only appreciated, but sought after.

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