Young people looking to build a successful career need to first have a good idea what their bosses want and avoid “silly mistakes”.
“A partner at a multinational accounting firm asked a newcomer to go over a confidential file and reminded him to keep the information to himself. The young employee went ahead and put the document into a shredder,” employment consultant Armstrong Lee said in a Hong Kong Economic Journal article.
In another case, a business owner handed a sealed envelope to a young employee who has a master’s degree and asked him to mail it.
A few days later, the employer received a phone call from the client who complained that the letter did not have stamps and that he had to pay for them.
“Understanding your responsibility is a very basic requirement,” Lee said.
But if young people want to brighten their promotion prospects, they should do more.
Employers usually prefer workers who can detect a problem, dig into it and come up with solutions.
“Remember, an employee is paid to solve employers’ problems,” Lee said.
Excellent workers have a holistic approach to problem-solving. They even have a plan B in case plan A doesn’t work.
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