One of the traits that can help you stand out in your career is taking personal ownership of every assignment. At one time I managed a group of system programmers. Our assignment was to ensure that our customers could continue to operate their businesses if a disaster such as a fire or flood happened. This job required someone from team to be available 24X7 in case a customer experienced an outage. Hurricanes, floods and fires always seemed to happen at night or on the weekends!
When interviewing candidates for my team, I was always very candid about the requirements of the job. I required them to have a discussion with current team members. Despite the rigors of the assignment, I never had a problem finding new staff members and frequently got inquiries about potential job openings.
One of the reasons that people were so attracted to the job was the obvious passion that was displayed by myself and my team. We took our clients success personally and were confident that no one could do the job better. We weren’t just bringing a payroll system back online, we were saving a company’s business. We took pride in the fact that we had never let a client fail in their recovery. We turned our jobs into a personal mission.
When you have a reputation for taking ownership, managers and team leaders will seek you out.