When it comes to the world of work, we all have to start somewhere. Unfortunately, that “somewhere” can be an entry level job that is repetitive, tedious or even downright boring.
Let’s face it. Not every job (especially an entry level one) is going to be highly challenging or exciting. That’s why it’s called “work.” But if you want to get ahead in your career, you still need to carry out your responsibilities to the best of your ability – even if your work isn’t exceptionally stimulating.
So if you’re new to the workforce, or if you’re starting over in a new line of work, make the most of your entry level job. Use these tips to win the boredom battle, so you can stay focused and productive:
Tell your supervisor. While it’s unadvisable to whine about how boring your job is, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your manager for more work. If you are working in a direct position, tell your boss that you are ready for more responsibility. He may appreciate your honesty and efficiency and reward you with a more challenging set of tasks. He may also allow you to trade duties with colleagues, so you both get a break from the monotony.
If you are working with A.R. Mazzotta on a temporary or contract assignment, speak directly with your staffing supervisor. He can look for future assignments that build on the experience you’re gaining.
Volunteer for tasks unrelated to your job. Offer to help plan the company office party or sign-up for another social committee. You’ll not only keep yourself busy, you’ll also network, show-off your organizational skills and establish your reputation as a team player and natural leader.
Change your outlook – literally. One of the easiest ways to freshen your perspective on the job is by asking your supervisor for a new desk, office or cube to call home. If you can’t change your location, see if you can change how your desk is oriented. Even a small change can brighten your outlook and renew your enthusiasm for your work.
Take initiative. If you’ve finished your work and need something to do, take a look around the office and see what needs to be done. Ask co-workers if they could use a hand. Find out what’s on your supervisor’s To Do list (it’s probably a long one) and see if you could tackle a project for him. Don’t wait for challenge to come to you. Be proactive. Demonstrate your willingness to work and desire for challenge, and chances are you will be rewarded.
Take a power break. When boredom threatens to overwhelm you, fight back by using your breaks intelligently. Though you may be tempted to surf the Internet or play solitaire, use your time more contructively. Clean up your desk, invite a colleague for a cup of coffee to discuss a new idea, or brainstorm a list of ways to improve your department. The more intelligently you use your break time, the sooner you’ll move on to a more challenging job.
Stay positive and give your best effort. Remember, nearly everyone has been in your shoes at one point or another. Yes, your work may be menial now, but try to make the most of the opportunities it presents you to help develop your skills, increase your knowledge base and build your network. If you always give your best effort and focus on staying positive, you can effectively keep boredom at bay.
Looking for more variety, responsibility or challenge? Give A.R. Mazzotta a call.
Working as a temporary employee provides constant variety. As an A.R. Mazzotta employee, we can provide you with a wide range of temporary assignments with Connecticut’s best employers – delivering the opportunity and challenge you desire. If you’re bored in your work and could use a change, give us a call today.