At some point in your life, you probably didn’t know how to do something. So, maybe you just pretended everything was fine… until it wasn’t. Are you looking for a better solution? Ditch the “fake it until you make it” attitude and try these strategies instead.
Admit You Don’t Know It All
Especially in the workplace setting, many people feel pressured to have ALL the right answers. They believe if there’s anything they don’t know, they will look unqualified. Rather than worrying about (and hiding) your shortcomings, confidently embrace these opportunities to learn. This can be scary at first, but ultimately your coworkers will respect your honesty and determination. If it helps, start by using the phrase, “I don’t know how to do this… yet.”
Usually, people are excited to share their knowledge when others display an interest. If you’ve had a project dumped on you and you don’t know where to start, seek out the advice of your more experienced colleagues. Of course, you may run into someone who is uncooperative, but keep asking. Chances are, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many of your coworkers are willing to lead a hand.
Fortunately, the internet has made teaching yourself new skills easier than ever before. Sign up for an online class, watch YouTube videos, read blogs, or post questions in a forum. Obviously, you will have to put in some time on your own. However, this is an amazing way to build your skillset as well as to advance your overall career.
Talk to Your Manager
If, despite your best efforts, you still believe you aren’t ready to tackle a job, schedule a meeting with your manager. First, explain what you’ve done to solve the problem on your own. Then, outline your specific concerns. For example, maybe you collaborated with a colleague AND completed an online class, but you feel hesitant about taking charge of a major assignment because of your lack of experience. Hopefully, your manager will offer reassurance, useful tips, and suggestions for additional training. As difficult as this conversation maybe, you’re better off requesting extra assistance upfront rather than waiting until a project has spiraled into a disaster.
Are You Hoping to Ditch the “Fake It Until You Make It” Attitude When It Comes to Job Hunting?
Guess what? If you’re looking for a job, you don’t have to search alone. The expert recruiters at Halpin Staffing Services would be happy to help you discover the right opportunity. Halpin places general laborers, skilled trades workers, warehouse associates, administrative staff, and other professionals throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. Check out our available openings today!