This article was originally published on ComeRecommended.com.
Happy Thanksgiving, readers! It’s the time of year to give thanks to all of the important people and experiences who impact our lives. Of course, we should always be thankful for the opportunities we are given, but Thanksgiving is a great reminder. From the people we work with on a daily basis to those we encounter only briefly, we have a lot to be thankful for during our careers.
Here are nine reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving and throughout the rest of your career:
1. Landing a new job. One of the first things that comes to mind is to be thankful for the employers who take a chance on you and give you the job. Everyone in the process, all the hiring managers, helped you get to where you are today, so it is essential to thank them for the opportunities they give you.
2. Getting promoted. After you make a name for yourself at work, the next step is landing a promotion. When your manager sees more in you and decides to promote you, this is another time to be thankful. Thank the managers who believed in you and the coworkers who helped you along the way.
3. Someone refers you. Whether you’re actively or passively job seeking, it is always a confidence booster when someone decides to refer your name to someone who is looking to hire. It means they have the confidence to set you up with someone in their own network and they have faith you’ll do a good job. Be thankful for the people in your network who will do this for you and return the favor.
4. Positive recommendations. Similarly, be thankful for the people who are willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. They were impressed with you enough to share kind words to future employers.
5. Completing projects successfully. Throughout your career, you are going to work on many projects with many people. No matter the outcome, you should thank the coworkers who helped you along the way. Being part of a team is a rewarding experience and you should make sure your team members know you appreciate them. Be thankful for the projects that go well and be thankful for the ones that don’t, for you probably learned some valuable insight during the process.
6. New clients. No matter how you find them, be thankful when you obtain new clients. They are the reason you have a job in the first place, and you should express your gratitude to them regularly. Maintaining a positive relationship with clients will improve your chances of landing more business in the future.
7. Receiving an award. If you are lucky enough to be recognized by your industry, you probably worked extremely hard to make it happen. Be thankful for the organization who presented you with the award. Be thankful for all the people who helped you get to where you are. Be thankful for all of the future opportunities your award brings in the next phase of your career.
8. Being introduced to someone new. You should also remember to thank those in your network who help you meet new people. An extensive professional network can go a long way in your career, and having people who are willing to help your network grow is a great asset. Be thankful for the people in your network who are willing to introduce you to others.
9. Workplace perks. Finally, it’s important to be thankful for the perks you are granted at work. Flexibility, bonuses, vacation time, celebratory outings, and other fun things are all great for maintaining morale. Thank your managers for making them happen. They are what give your job that something extra; what make you love your job instead of tolerating it.
There are lots and lots of things to be thankful for throughout your career. Be sure to let the people involved know you appreciate them, not just around the holidays, but all year long. Saying “thank you” goes a long way. So, thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you thankful for in your career?