The one thing that is probably the most important thing in your career is actually getting the job in the first place. The second most important thing is keeping that job while actually being liked. The third most important thing is getting a future job that will advance your career and grow you as a person by building new relationships and acquiring new skills.
If you were to ask a group of people what the most important thing is when it comes to getting and keeping a job, many would say skills. How many things do you know? Can code in six different languages in your sleep? If so, that is amazing and certainly isn’t a bad thing. However, do you have the skills required to be an employee who is good to work with? Do people enjoy working with you? One one of the most critical things you can do while you’re working a job is how you develop relationships while you are there. These relationships can be pathways to future jobs since you never know what life will throw at you. The phrase that rings true to me is that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Many companies almost require you to be recommended by a current employee in order for you to even get an interview. This does not mean that you can just get any old job just because you know someone. You have to possess the skills necessary, but skills aren’t everything. A prime example of this is my cousin Jared Haukap. He currently works for the St. Louis Cardinals. He runs part of the scoreboard and is involved with many media projects including commercials and filming the walk-up videos for the players during spring training. He is the envy of all of our family because he has one of the coolest jobs in the world. You can tell that he really loves what he does. It is definitely his dream job. He was able to get this job because his cousin already worked as a graphic designer for the Cardinals. Jared Graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s in mass communications and media studies. Therefore, he was quite qualified for the job, but I can imagine it isn’t too easy to just walk into Busch Stadium and get an interview. This is where this relationship came into effect. Our book talked a lot about how we should stay in contact with people that we worked with in previous jobs since you never know how you may benefit from it. Maybe you will be presented with an incredible opportunity for a new job, or maybe you will simply have a good friend for life. LinkedIn is a great way to stay connected with colleagues and make initial connections with potential companies that you wish to work at.
So when it comes to work, the most important thing you can do is to build relationships and be someone who people enjoy being around and working with. For technical people it is so hard for them to stay at one job for a long period of time. That is why it is especially important for them to form those relationships that way it is easier for them to move around and even work with the same people that they are comfortable working with. If someone you enjoy working with also enjoys working with you, they just may recommend you to a company that they may be moving to or may already be at that may advance your career.