So you finally landed your dream job in your chosen career path. Well, the work has not ended, it just began. There is more retaining your post in a new job than you can imagine.

A labor market is a crowded place and more people are getting hired while others are unfortunately losing their jobs either by choice or by reasons beyond their control. That is why this post takes a look at those strategies that you can apply in keeping your job despite the pressures that accompany the cooperate life of a 9-5 job.

DON’T PROVE TO KNOW MORE THAN YOUR BOSS

When you get to a new office be observant to the way things are being done, avoid mindless arguments with your new boss about the way workflow in the office, about who is worthy or not to occupy a particular position in the office. Give your new boss the reasons to mentor you by submerging yourself in the company’s code of conduct. After all, you met those rules and regulations, you did not set them.

DO NOT GIVE SPACE TO BOREDOM IN YOUR MIND

No matter how flexible your new job is, never take that flexibility for guaranteed by indulging in informal activities in the office. Welcome more work on your desk whether from your department or not, so long as they are from the same organization for the same organizational goals. Never be caught staying idle during office hours. Otherwise, your mind will start playing tricks with your head and sooner than you can think of, boredom will become a permanent resident in your mind making you feel under accomplished and inefficient in your job.

AVOID OFFICE GOSSIPS

I know that this is very difficult. But try to stay in your own space. In other words, restrict your activities to only office work related. Minimize your level of friendships with co-workers and even when you are friendly, keep it corporate and mature during office hours to avoid idle talks in the office. Always avoid being an instigator of drama or arguments in the office and don’t get caught mediating on behalf of co-workers on matters that do not concern you, whether they are work related or not.

FEEL CHALLENGED WITH EVERY TASK

Remember when you sought after that new job that you now have? Remember why you choose that specific career. Let those reminders be your motivation anytime a task is being assigned to your desk in the office. Do not look at any office work as too easy or too difficult to accomplish within a given time frame. Have a new approach to work-life balance regardless of how easy or difficult the task is. That way you will see every task given to you at work as an opportunity to prove to your new boss that you are worth that paycheck and more. You will become an invaluable worker who gets consulted first on how to solve new problems and address new situations affecting the company.

DO NOT THINK YOU ARE OVERQUALIFIED FOR YOUR CURRENT POSITION AT WORK

It is very risky to look down on your current job or position in the office because of your level of qualification. This attitude will hinder you from being happy with your new job, it will make you inefficient in the office, frequently angry with your boss and co-workers because you feel subdued under their authorities. Even when your position at your new job does not match your level of position, do not have a lackadaisical mindset to work, instead, do it with gratitude and an open mind. With time seek for promotion, a new position and a paycheck that fits your qualifications. Your boss would not want to turn down your application especially when you have been diligent from the beginning with your job.

Take every job as an opportunity to develop yourself and hone your skills. Be happy with what you do, no matter how small or big your paycheck is. Remember, gratitude is the gateway to new opportunities.

What other tips help you to remain focus at work?