Can You Really be an Expert at Your Job?

becoming-expert-at-your-job-businessman-lightbulb-headCommonly, people will declare themselves an “expert” in a particular subject that they are generally proficient in, but does that truly mean they know everything there is to know on the topic, or at least more than the average person in the same domain? Having expertise doesn’t necessarily qualify you as an expert.

Naturally, the same holds true for your job.  What differentiates you from the rest of your team or department?  Of course, you are all good workers in your individual ways, but bear in mind that it takes time and effort to be considered a true expert at what you do.

Here are some tips to set you on the path toward professional expert status:

Stay current.

Business trends change with the weather, but that is still no excuse to fall behind on the new developments in your field or industry.  True experts are open to discovery and accept the potential twists and turns that all fields experience at one time or another.  Reading books, blogs and remaining in touch with your professional network is an effective way to stay on top of new growth changes in your industry.  If there is a new skill to be learned, you won’t be aware unless you are in the loop.

Concentrate your efforts.

Focusing your energy on a smaller segment of your field and specializing in a particular skill or two can give you leverage among your competitors.  By adding specialized skills to your professional repertoire, you are increasing your marketability with employers and customers.

Keep practicing.

The more time and energy you devote to a cause, the more success you will find.  This applies to mostly every area of life, especially your career.  By spending every hour of your workweek actively absorbing information, and a good portion of your downtime reviewing and practicing your skill, you will definitely increase your momentum toward expert status.

Network and mentor.

Sharing information is a perfect way to remember it.  Networking allows us to become a vessel of expertise.  The larger our network is, the greater our opportunity to acquire new information, as well as reveal what we have learned.  As mentors, we are given the perfect chance to pass along our expertise.  To become a true expert, one must be able to communicate what he or she has learned.

Try to get published.

Providing you have worked to attain at least near-expert status within your profession, writing blogs and articles on what you have learned is another valuable way of not only gaining respect becoming-expert-at-your-job-book-and-glasseswithin your industry, but also connecting with others who may have even more to contribute on the subject.  It’s best to think of the journey toward true expert-status as a circular path of information.

If you can manage to do this, you will have content to back up your authority status in your field. Don’t simply write a few articles here and there, but instead commit to regular content creation for a variety of outlets, as it helps build up your personal brand faster.

You are never finished.

The notion that you have learned all there is about your job or vocation is most likely false.  Remaining open to new information and ideas is essential.  Listen to elders in your field, take seminars, classes, and read everything you can.  This is one of the simplest ways to build your arsenal of professional tools.

So, in actuality, the answer is yes, you can most certainly be an expert at your job.

By Fred Coon, CEO


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