How can I show better initiative at work? By Matthew Coppola

Initiative, by definition, is to take the opportunity to act or take charge before someone else does.

It’s about using common sense, thinking on your feet and taking that important step forward to help get something done.

From a workplace perspective, it’s about taking the opportunity to get work done, even without being asked to do or, or asking first if anything needs to be done or where you can help and assist as required to support team and organisational objectives.

An employee who regularly shows initiative (Regularly) is viewed very favourably by all employers, prospective and current. Usually, this is a question that’s asked during the interview, which is why interview skills coaching is a great way to receive help on these types of questions.

If you see work that needs to be done, or observe that an improvement can be made or that your team is struggling with the workload, you can show initiative by stepping in as a resourceful person and taking up the opportunity to support your fellow colleagues.


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Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog

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