Seek Out Problems At A New Job To Advance Your Career

Seek Out Problems At A New Job To Advance Your Career

When you start out at a new job, your first instinct might be to blend into the woodwork and not rock the boat. Instead, actively seek out problems you can solve and you’ll get better work projects.

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JetBlue chairman Joel Peterson tells Business Insider that being known as a problem solver is key early on at a job:

Be a “heat-seeking missile” for problems. “If you can become obsessive about identifying and preemptively solving problems, you’ll soon find yourself being picked for key assignments,” Peterson explains. “Your trouble-shooting can run the gamut from meticulously proofreading a boss’s PowerPoint slides, to keeping an eye on competitors’ moves, to dealing with unhappy customers.” The ability to foresee and resolve problems is rare and valuable — and will always lead you to new opportunities.

Check the link for other tips to get noticed and move ahead at a new job.

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