How do you become even more valuable as an employee?

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Belgian IT-professionals earn 73.447 euro a year on average, according to Global Knowledge’s IT Skills and Salary Report 2019. IT-professionals worldwide are earning 5000 dollar more per year on average. Employers are investing in their employees.

That’s not that strange – a war on talent is going on. Often, employers will offer employees-to-be a high salary to make sure they sign up for the job. But after you’ve signed that contract – it’s time to prove your worth. According to research by the Dutch bureau of Statistics (CBS), in 2018, IT-professionals stayed with the same employer for ten years on average or longer.

During these potential ten years you want to be a valuable employee. Your employer will be happy with your loyalty and because of that might reward you for it with a pay raise, more days off or more budget for education.

How do you make sure you become even more valuable as an employee? Global Knowledge helps you out with these tips and tricks.

Invest in knowledge

Once you gain more knowledge, you become more and more important to your employer. The fact that you want to gain more knowledge doesn’t mean you have to get back to the classroom straight away – you can also decide to take a webinar or do some online assessments. After using these tools you might need additional knowledge, which you can gain from taking a training course.

A webinar is a great way to expand your knowledge and you can often join them for free. Global Knowledge organizes webinars quite frequently, you can find the overview here.

Get certified

Once you gain a certification, you can show off your level of expertise. The certification shows your employer you have the right knowledge to be an important part of the organization. Because you’re certified, you adapt to change easily, and you’re sure you’re making the most of the application you’re certified in.

Communication is key

A good employee not only has knowledge in his area of expertise, but is an excellent communicator too. Do you build repo’s on Github quickly? Are your questions on StackOverflow actually answered? Do you build an environment on command line like it’s nothing? Great stuff – but if you don’t know how to communicate, all of that won’t seem that impressive.

Communication is key and it’s becoming more and more important to express yourself well as an IT-professional. Especially now organizations are transitioning from the rigid Waterfall-method to practices like Agile, where you have to be an excellent communicator to make things work. More and more you’ll leave your comfort zone as an IT-professional and you’ll have to communicate with someone who knows less about the technology than you do. You have to understand the demands of the customer and your manager and have to help others understand things that might be self-explanatory to you.

To do so, excellent communication is an absolute must. Global Knowledge has training courses designed especially to do this – you can have a look at them here.

Do be afraid to take responsibility

The traditional job roles are slowly disappearing and this means you as an employee get more responsibility. Sometimes, you might the assignment to oversee tasks, much like a manager.

By accepting this responsibility and being an excellent communicator you can show your employer you are ready for more responsible. You’re becoming more and more valuable to the organization. This might be a good starting point for negotiations about a pay raise, a different job title or more educational budget for example.

Is negotiating a struggle for you? Global Knowledge can help you out with the training course Negotiation Skills. During this course we teach you how to negotiate with a customer but also how to negotiate conflicts in the office. A skilled negotiator is essential to any organization.

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