I find the work I'm doing at present to be unfulfilling. How do I go about asking for more projects?

If you find your work unfulfilling, you must be proactive in requesting more projects, but you should not blindly take on more tasks.

If you find your work unfulfilling, you must be proactive in requesting more projects, but you should not blindly take on more tasks.

Make sure that these projects will challenge you to grow and build your skills. If that opportunity exists, then speak to your supervisor about it. Be prepared to demonstrate that you have met your existing goals and pledge to achieve beyond your current level.

Rather than declaring your work unfulfilling, however, it would be wise to present it in a more positive light.

The better approach is to emphasize that you feel capable of more sophisticated and more demanding assignments, and you would like the opportunity to prove your ability. Your supervisor, if he or she is committed to your professional development, should welcome your offer.

If you are given the chance to take on higher-level work, rising to the occasion will not only make your work more fulfilling, but it should also put you on the road to a promotion.

Steve Seeman is VP at Makovsky & Company.

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