How to determine what you need to improve for your development and greater success? I came back to China full of confidence 4 years ago. I found 2 jobs, but neither one hired me after the probation period. Finally, I kept my 3rd job and now have built some networks and experience. But at my age, I don’t think I have such great progress in my career. How can I improve my situation?
Zhishang Career Expert Answer：
It’s hard for me to say what you need to do better to improve your career situation, because I can’t tell what the fundamental issues were for your not being hired in the first two jobs you mentioned. But if you want to improve your progress in your career, then getting feedback from your previous situations is very important for your improvement.
For instance, I believe your inability to be hired after the probation period had to do with your inability to meet certain targets or deliver a basic level of performance that was expected of you in those jobs. But what were the main reasons for this? Was it because you were not proactive enough? Could not deliver results on time? Delivered poor quality work? Did not communicate or work well with others? Could not resolve issues or deliver solutions? Did not show enough leadership? If you want to become better, then you need to have a good sense of your gaps and weaknesses relative to the situations you need to perform in and what’s expected of you. It’s the people who work closely with you who can best help you to understand this.
So whether with your former bosses or current one, I’d encourage you to approach and ask them for their straightforward, honest feedback on your capabilities and performance. Ask them, “Can you do me a favor? I really want to improve myself in those areas that are important for me to be more successful. Would you mind telling me what are the areas I should pay more attention to and do better in particular to perform better?” Actually, providing such feedback is one of the basic responsibilities of leaders who are responsible for supporting the development and success of their subordinates.
I can’t tell you what is preventing you from making greater progress in your career, but the people that work with you can. If you’re really serious about improving yourself, then you can’t be afraid to pursue and get honest feedback that can point out what you need to do better. Besides your current boss, talk to your two previous bosses, especially if you left on good terms with them. I believe some of the answers you get will greatly benefit your career development. Good luck!返回