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Taking Initiative

Showing initiative is about going beyond simply "doing your job". As you become experienced and more knowledgeable you will be expected to show initiative. That is, expected to take more interest in the work, become more adaptable, be able to anticipate what needs to be done and get on with it, and begin making suggestions on how to do things better.

The following checklist will help you assess how well you demonstrate initiative, as well as giving you suggestions for improvement.

Do you:

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Begin new tasks before you are told?

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Look for work to fill any spare time?

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Make yourself available for extra work or overtime?

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Keep communication with superiors open?

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Make suggestions?

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Try to correct mistakes or problems?

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Work without supervision?

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Take on extra tasks such as helping with staff or charity events?

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Volunteer for committee work?

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Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning?