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Student Employee of the Year 2008

Michael Binkley 2008 Student Employee of the Year

Meet Micheal Binkley, the 2008 Student Employee of the Year. 

Hello, my name is Michael Binkley and I am a senior majoring in Accounting and Finance, with a minor in Economics. Since the fall of 2006 I have worked in the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Working there I have learned that to be successful you have to distinguish yourself from the rest of the crowd. In the following I will share with you some tips to do just that.

A simple way to be noticed is to have the right attitude. Being polite and positive will improve your interactions with students, coworkers, and professors. Saying thank you or complimenting somebody on a job well done are often neglected niceties. People appreciate sincere good manners and will treat you with respect in return. To use a cliché, it is a win-win situation.

Another way to stand out is to bring attention to detail and craftsmanship to your job. Doing these things can improve the overall quality of almost any project. In an age of digital standardization I specialize in creative solutions to technological problems. For example, anybody can use a copier. It takes skill to learn everything that can go wrong with it and be able to fix most of it. Also, it requires experimentation and creativity to copy photos or odd shaped objects. Another example is scanning. Anybody can use a scanner's basic functions. However, to be able to scan something in a small file size that looks exactly like the original document requires technique. As can be seen from the preceding examples, there is a way to stand out even when working on the simplest tasks.

Working harder than others will also get people's attention. Some individuals will only do the minimum required to complete a job. Devoting a little more time to a project, though, can create superior results. For example, proofreading or checking over an assignment may catch small errors before they become larger problems. It will also improve the overall quality of your work. Adding useful extras to tasks, such as including pencils or scoresheets with copies of tests, can make other people's work easier. And, doing a little more for somebody else will get you noticed.

Taking the initiative and setting your own priorities is also important. You cannot simply do work as it comes in. To be successful you must determine when something is due, how long it will take, and what priority it is in relation to other work. Taking the initial time to do these things can actually save you time in the long run. You will know exactly when tasks need to be done and you may even have time to handle other tasks. This will definitely get the attention of your supervisors.

Ultimately, a job is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge, skills, and abilities. And, by doing that, you will not only gain recognition but also make the job a better experience for you and everybody else.

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