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Taking on Additional Responsibilities: How To Tackle and Ask for More

Posted March 18, 2014 by Leni Schimpf in On the Ladder

As a junior-level person in a fairly large organization, I understand the challenges with taking on more work and responsibilities. I know for myself, I have a pretty full plate of daily tasks, not including any additional work coming through on email every other minute. However, now that I have been in my current position for a year, I am looking forward to the opportunity to take on more substantive responsibilities, and more strategic-level work.

How do you do that?

Below I offer some tips on what I have found to be successful for me to take on some bigger, more long-terms projects that I believe will be of value to my organization and me as a professional.

Check out my three tips below for taking on more responsibilities in a junior-level role, and feel free to comment on what has worked for you at your company!

  • Say YES! This first tip may be fairly obvious, but you will be surprised how far it will get you. Being open to all tasks, whether big or small can have great impacts in the long term. Simple things often blossom into bigger opportunities, and even if you can’t see how this will affect the bigger picture now, think about how you may able to leverage an additional responsibility to show skills you would be able to use on a bigger project down the road. Of course, I do not mean take on another person’s entire role, but even just a simple activity, such as sending a few extra emails a day, or sending a weekly report to someone on another team, can have a significant impact in the long run.
  • Jump into projects; don’t wait to get your feet wet. As a younger person in your organization you may feel like you have less experience, and may be nervous to dive into new projects or tasks that you have not previously done. What I have found is just jumping in and tackling something (even if you don’t tackle it in the quite correct way), is a great way to approach a new project. Your new perspective will probably be welcomed, and you may even be surprised with how much you do know! Another thing I do when I’m working on new projects is show initiative by staying on top of things. This is crucial to accomplishing the project and also showing that you are passionate about this work and want to see the project through. This is also a great way to display your leadership.
  • Speak Up! This is one the best pieces of advice I can give. It is so important as a junior-level employee to have fluid communication with your supervisor. Check in regularly to see how you are doing and progressing, in addition to discussing your goals and what types of things you would like to be working on. People will never know what you are interested in if you do not speak up. Having these conversations have always been a positive influence for me, and even if you do receive constructive criticism, use it as a way to grow.

These are just some of many tips for getting more responsibilities as a young Career Girl!

Feel free to share your advice below!


About the Author

Leni Schimpf

Leni Schimpf is a Public Relations Specialist at the law firm Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington, DC. She works on a marketing team focusing on business development and growth opportunities for the firm. At the firm, she is responsible for all external and internal communications, social media, and anything related to the press. Leni is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she majored in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations, and double majored in Government and Politics.